Stepping Back

Dirty Girl Pottery's Blog

Andy Goldsworthy is an artist who truly inspires me.  I saw this video clip a few months back and was really taken by the way he speaks, moves, and thinks about art.

Of course his passion for nature, stone, clay and the land resonate deeply with me, but so does his philosophy of stepping back as an artist.  So often we are taught or learn to think that artists have a vision in their mind, and perfect their skills and techniques so that they may bring forth that image through their chosen medium.  I have always been insecure calling myself an artist, and I certainly have felt insecure about the way in which I create.  I keep waiting for the day when I have become “good enough” or “skilled enough” to see that perfectly balanced pitcher with an elegant and effortless form and utility in my minds eye, then with keen skill…

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