“We often forget that WE ARE NATURE. Nature is not something separate from us. So when we say that we have lost our connection to nature, we’ve lost our connection to ourselves.” – Andy Goldsworthy
Land art or Earth art is a type of movement that involves the use of a natural landscape or natural materials to create works of art. Generally these materials are found in nature and include soil, rock, plants, leaves, wood, water, minerals, and clay. Sometimes nature is used as the medium to transform a material, and thus render it into an artwork, as is the case with Estudi Moliné´s clay exhibit.
There are different ways of creating nature art. Some are created in their own environment, while others are not. One form of nature art is flower art, in which flowers and leaves are meticulously placed to create stunning visual depictions and pieces.
These artists focus their work in a continuous observation and reflection on all that surrounds them. There is an ever present dialogue between the artist, observer, and the environment which reaches beyond traditional convections to get to the nature of things.
Andy Goldsworthy is a prime example of a land artist. A very famous land artist and environmentalist, creates site-specific sculptures and art pieces which are situated in both rural and urban settings. His work aims to find a balance between our relationship with nature. He is considered to be a conceptual artist, and one that is constantly engaged in a dialogue with the natural world around him.
In many ways, land art or nature art is a repose from the commercial art we have grown so culturally accustomed to.
Do you have any land art near you?