Rivers and Tides (Andy Goldsworthy Documentary) (2001)


In Andy Goldsworthy’s work, he cares not so much about the final product, but the process and materials used to make it. Many of his materials used, even the pigments, are materials gathered by him, proving that an artist should not be limited to the cost of a material or tool but actually sacrifice their times and sometimes literally blood in an effort to create a product that they feel should be so. Andy Goldsworthy also draws much of his inspiration from the sea and river, ever changing and unique from moment to moment. As such, he uses this concept in his work, making his pieces flow like the river in sporadic, non-uniform motions. The natural world is often an influence for artists, not for its beauty but for the connectivity each part has with one another; just as we are all connected by the invisible ties that bind up, so too should our work, whether with the other pieces in the same work, with the canvas it is on, or with the actual outside background of something much larger. Just as Goldsworthy explains how he feels connected with his finished piece, so too is the artist connected with his work, in whatever state it may be just as Goldsworthy explained he felt even after his sculpture was taken by the sea and broken into its smaller pieces. The artist should also be aware, as Andy Goldsworthy said, that what is perceived, is rarely what actually is. To truly understand something, we must delve deeper than outside appearances and use all senses in an attempt to fully understand an entity, even if we are never able to. The artist is connected as much to the world as the artwork is attached to the artist. 

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