b. 1956, UK; lives and works in Dumfriesshire, Scotland 1975-1978 Preston Polytechnic, BA 1974-1975 Bradford School of Art Andy Goldsworthy is a British sculptor, who’s known for his site-specific sculptures...
b. 1956, UK; lives and works in Dumfriesshire, Scotland
1975-1978 Preston Polytechnic, BA 1974-1975 Bradford School of Art
Andy Goldsworthy is a British sculptor, who’s known for his site-specific sculptures and land art situated in natural and urban settings.
In his third contribution to Cure3, Wool Box, Goldsworthy continues his exploration of the changing seasons and the ephemerality of nature, but here he is also commenting on environmental and political issues: “At the moment, the price of a fleece hardly covers the cost of shearing the sheep. As a consequence, less and less shearing takes place, and at this time of the year the fields around my home become littered with wool as it is shed by the sheep. For me it is the wool season. More than just a material to work with, wool is a way of working with sheep in the context of a landscape upon which they have had tremendous environmental, social and political impact.”
By placing this material inside the Perspex cube, the artist challenges our perspective of the environment and reminds us of the transience of nature. The fleece makes swirling, undulating shapes within the cube, highlighting the colour of the farmers markings, forming an abstract and highly evocative artwork. According to Goldsworthy, “the transformation was extraordinary. It was like looking into another world”. After finishing the work, he realised that the farmer who owns the sheep around his home has Parkinson’s, making Wool Box an even more poignant addition to the project.