Nature as Canvas
Contents Andy Goldsworthy page 5
Walter Mason page 25
Simon Beck page 51
Copyright ÂŠ Andie Bush All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, whether electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the prior permission in writing of the publisher. Andy Goldsworthy: Projects Isbn: 978-4197-2222-6 Library of Congress Control Number: 2016960258 Simon Beck: Snow Artist Isbn: 978-2-35640-123-6 Nature as a Canvas Andie Bush Photographers/Artists: Andy Goldsworthy, Simon Beck, Walter Mason
â&#x20AC;&#x153;Learning and understanding through touch and making is a simple but deeply important reason for doing my work.â&#x20AC;?
Andy Goldsworthy is a British sculptor, photographer
work. He enjoys the process of making each piece,
and environmentalist who uses natural materials to
because he learns something new and creates a diﬀerent
emphasize the beauty and the unknown of nature.
relationship with nature for every sculpture. He looks
Goldsworthy was born in Sales in the North of England.
at the opportunities the day brings – is it raining? Is
At age thirteen, his family moved to the suburbs of
it snowing? – and how he can use these materials to
Leeds where he began to work as a laborer on nearby
discover something new about nature. The environment
farms. He loved working in the fields - he found it
is his classroom, his place to learn. Each work is a
soothing, and almost therapeutic. A lot of his work
discovery. Goldsworthy wants to not just use a rock and
included picking potato’s where the movement was
be done with it, but to understand the rock, where the
repetitive, consistent, and one that had rhythm. He
rock came from, the processes the rock is involved in,
eventually left to study fine arts at Bradford College of
and what happens when he parts ways with the rock.
Art and preceded to further his education at Preston Polytechnic. Now, he creates work unlike any other
Even though is work is photographed, Goldsworthy
artistic pieces – his work is not to be exhibited or sold. It
attempts to showcase the various parts of environmental
is to show the understanding that nothing is eternal and
cycles, and photograph them at the height when
the world is full of continually changing processes.
they are the most alive. He emphasizes movement, change, light, growth, decay, as the energies of nature.
If one is lucky enough to witness the work of
Nature is constantly changing and that is something
Goldsworthy, his work is art that will impact you.
that is embraced through his art. He strives to create
However, since his work is ephemeral, photographs are
pieces that are sensitive and alert to the cycles of the
the primary way to see it. There are numerous points
environment and changes in material, season and
that Goldsworthy is attempting to convey through his
Andy Goldswort hy
River Boulder Redrawn Water
â&#x20AC;&#x153;I stop at a place or pick up a material because I feel that there is something to be discovered. Here is where I can learn.â&#x20AC;?
â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to investigate the energy of making inside of things, while seeing the energy and space around a material as being as important as the energy and space within.â&#x20AC;?
â&#x20AC;&#x153;Each work grows, stays, decays. Process and decay are implicit. Transience in my work reflects what I find in nature.â&#x20AC;?
â&#x20AC;&#x153;Movement, change, light, growth and decay are the lifeblood of nature, the energies that I I try to tap through my work.â&#x20AC;?
“I think that, thanks to civilization’s progress, nature can seen quite remote, and I think that most people miss it in some way, even if they don’t realize it themselves.”
Walter Mason is a German artist who examines the
using land as a canvas is similar to surrealism in that we
relationship between the world and natural materials
can change how we look at the work but taking into
by pulling them apart and putting them back together.
account what we take for granted in nature. Additionally,
Mason grew up in a small village not far from the Sea
when we are distracted by a big city, and wrapped up
in the South East of England. The small and close-knit
in the distractions of everyday life, nature can seem like
community valued and immersed themselves in nature.
something that is out of reach. Mason pushes people
Even in his childhood he always preferred the fragility
to pay attention to the beauty of life, and the beauty of
and calmness of nature to the excitement of a big city.
Masonsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; time based artwork strives to highlight the
Similar to a lot of artists, Masons tries to communicate
fragility and beauty of nature. He attempts to capture
through his artwork. Unlike a lot of nature-based artists,
unique moments in nature that are often times
Mason does not strive to create work that depicts the
overlooked. Unlike Goldsworthyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s artwork, Mason
worsening state of the environment. It is not a call for
primarily focuses on the transitions from season to
help. Additionally, he likes to minimize the amount of
season revealing the unique quality and features that
meaning he puts behind each piece in fear that if he
coincide with each one. When its winter, it is hard to
waits to look, his idea will die. He captures his work
imagine what the same landscape will look for summer.
through photographs with the idea that the viewer will
Seasons are unstable and the moments Mason captures
share the same experience emotionally and intellectually
are supposed to be a reminder of that. For Mason,
that Mason was experiencing at the time he made it.
â&#x20AC;&#x153;Each season has its own form of natural beauty.â&#x20AC;?
â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think seasons can help remind us how unstable everything really is.â&#x20AC;?
â&#x20AC;&#x153;Land art is similar to surrealism insofar as that it can change how we look at the world by questioning what we usually take for granted.â&#x20AC;?
“Nature can do without us, but we cannot do without it.”
â&#x20AC;&#x153;My life has been like a competition between the mind and the body, which has been won by the body.â&#x20AC;?
Simon Beck is a former cartographer turned snow artist.
with just his feet? Typically, Beck has the design thought
Having studied civil engineering at Oxford University,
out in his head - for more complex designs he uses
he had pursued a career in his own field. Yet, he always
paper and pen. He begins by using snow shoes and
held a passion for drawing geometric shapes. He was
ski poles to measure out the image of the design in the
never fully content with his career. His career as a snow
snow. Typically he starts with one main circle, and adds
artist began as a joke when he was playing and drawing
smaller circles around the edges. If he walks along the
in the snow after a day of skiing. He soon came to the
line twice, he gets a nice smooth boundary. This process
realization that his passion was coming to life. In 2009,
sometimes takes days or hours to complete.
his feet issues were worsening, and he decided to pursue these designs in the snow as alternative form of
The idea behind creating work that will disappear within
exercise to running. His collection of photographs grew,
hours can be hard to understand. For Simon Beck, it is
which he would edit and in Photoshop. Through his art,
part of the beauty and appeal for his creations. Nature
Beck felt like he was becoming an active member who
allows him to have a blank canvas, to create more work,
was contributing to society. He felt and still feels valued.
and to give back to society.
So how does he create such perfect geometric shapes
â&#x20AC;&#x153;I always wanted to be outdoors, playing soccer, climbing trees, running through the woods and hiking to the top of every hill in sight. And there was always that special attraction of snow.â&#x20AC;?
“ I just love snow. I love its texture. I love the sound it makes. I love the look of it, especially when the sun is shining on it. And the best thing with snow, is that it’s free!”