Dave Stevens


(posted on 15 Feb 2024)

Did you get the pun with the yellow perch perching on the underwater plant?
I remember lying on a dock by St. Mary Lake on Salt Spring Island and watching perch swimming in the shadowy water below. Perch were imported and were voracious eaters that threatened the local trout, so we were encouraged to kill the perch whenever we caught one.

Andy Goldsworthy has often been called an earth artist. He works outdoors with a minimum of tools plus a camera to record his creations. He mostly uses imagination and time plus natural elements like thorns to join some items together.
Once Goldsworthy photographs them, the sculptures are left to fall apart and to return to their natural state. He has worked in the countryside of Great Britain, Australia, Japan, and the U.S.A. He has written many books about his art. His creations are motivating for students as many of his works show a strong environmental concern. When I taught photography and Art 12, I sometimes sent students to the ravines around North Delta with nothing other than a pocketknife and a camera. I was always excited to see what they would produce.

Andy Goldsworthy