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Andy Goldsworthy
July 26, 1956 -
Nationality: British
Category: Artist
Subcategory: British Artist

Once the fired stone is out of the kiln, it is still possible to mentally reconstruct it in its original form.


I did tests on small stones before collecting and committing myself to the larger ones.


A stone is ingrained with geological and historical memories.


Photography is a way of putting distance between myself and the work which sometimes helps me to see more clearly what it is that I have made.


The first snowball I froze was put in my mother's deep freeze when I was in my early 20s.


Some of the snowballs have a kind of animal energy. Not just because of the materials inside them, but in the way that they appear caged, captured.


Even in winter an isolated patch of snow has a special quality.


Snow provokes responses that reach right back to childhood.


The relationship between the public and the artist is complex and difficult to explain. There is a fine line between using this critical energy creatively and pandering to it.


My art is an attempt to reach beyond the surface appearance. I want to see growth in wood, time in stone, nature in a city, and I do not mean its parks but a deeper understanding that a city is nature too-the ground upon which it is built, the stone with which it is made.


People also leave presence in a place even when they are no longer there.


The early firings contained many stones.


I have worked with this red all over the world - in Japan, California, France, Britain, Australia - a vein running round the earth. It has taught me about the flow, energy and life that connects one place with another.


Ideas must be put to the test. That's why we make things, otherwise they would be no more than ideas. There is often a huge difference between an idea and its realisation. I've had what I thought were great ideas that just didn't work.


I am not a performer but occasionally I deliberately work in a public context. Some sculptures need the movement of people around them to work.


I enjoy working in a quiet and subversive way.


Confrontation is something that I accept as part of the project though not its purpose.


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