Viana Campesino – Andy Goldsworthy

Viana Campesino

Chasing Nature

My name is Viana Campesino and my portfolio is titled “Chasing Nature” , licensed under CC BY-NC
The work of Andy Goldsworthy captures artwork, such as sculptures, created in nature and encourages audiences to think about how fragile life and time can be.
Two themes from Andy Goldsworthy’s work that I will be focusing on in this portfolio, are the relationship between nature and time, and, how nature is a constant cycle. All of his sculptures are created out of materials found in nature such as branches, leaves, and ice, all of which are featured in my portfolio. Using natural materials and creating his artwork in natural environments will eventually cause the pieces to change over time. Some of his pieces may be even completely disappear as nature takes its toll, showing how some things in life are temporary and that time is always ticking. This also leads into the second theme of nature being a constant cycle. When a sculpture’s time is up, it goes back into the earth to be used again. This can also be said with many other things in life. Many of his pieces resemble some type of circle, emphasizing how everything comes full circle and eventually ends where it began.


Rowan Leaves Laid Around Hole, 1987

This artwork was created in Yorkshire. During the time of its creation, the United Kingdom had had a rough year, burdened with many disasters such as the “Great Storm”, Remembrance Day bombing, the Hungerford massacre, and others. It’s dark decaying leaves toward the edges of the circle may be symbolic of moving on from the past and working towards better days, which is symbolized by the brighter leaves toward the center. The hole in the center may symbolize the unknown.

Snow Circles, 1987

As mentioned above, 1987 brought many disasters for the UK. The previous picture was taken in October of 1987 and this one was taken in December of that same year, possibly symbolizing that there was more hope for a brighter future. However, this picture was not taken in Yorkshire, but instead in Japan, which could also mean that maybe Goldsworthy went and found hope elsewhere.


Screen, 1988

This picture was taken in Cumbria, England in March of 1988 which takes place after the two previous pictures. It was taken in the Derwentwater, and the water’s reflection may symbolize reflecting on the past. The use of the delicate branches and the sculpture being in the water could also symbolize the fine line between peace and disaster as the sculpture seems a little more fragile.


The three photographs above were specifically picked out of all his other artwork because they each greatly resembled each other but were also all very different. Each picture includes the use of circles to emphasize the message of infinity, immortality, and the constant cycle of life.

Andy Goldsworthy, born on July 29, 1956 in Cheshire, United Kingdom is a British sculptor that uses materials from nature to construct his work. His use of nature in his artwork has made him a well known naturalist. In his early life Goldsworthy worked as a farm laborer and was situated in rural England, which may have started his love for nature and the environment as he was often surrounded by it.



Andy Goldsworthy’s art is important to understanding society today because it shows how most things in life do not last. It also is a reminder to appreciate the Earth and it’s processes, which is becoming less and less common. In today’s society, many overlook the importance of nature and conserving the planet. Goldsworthy’s work shows not only how we should appreciate it, but also that we can work alongside it rather than against it. His work shows how beautiful things can still be made without tampering and destroying the nature it came from, and how they can then continue their processes of decay and regrowth long after his artwork. 




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