Rocks And Leaves Arranged Into Stunning Works Of Circular Land Art
German artist Dietmar Voorwold creates beautiful land art installations using only natural materials found on location, like pebbles, rocks and leaves. Land art, which is the arrangement of natural materials into artistic structures and forms, experienced a revival in the U.S. in the 1960s. It is associated with protests against consumerism, commercialization, and artificial reality, and meditations on our connection with nature.
“I believe that we all are creative beings, and expressing ourselves creatively is a deeply satisfying experience, be it with little moulds, little sieves and little shovels, or later with paints, clay, dance, voice, instruments or computer programmes,” Voorwold told Demilked in an interview.
Voorwold studied Graphics and Photography and later Art Therapy, which kept him immersed in the visual arts and made him appreciate its therapeutic features. Finding great inspiration in the Scottish landscape, the artist spends most of his time there creating land art installations and organizing art therapy workshops.
Read on for Voorwold’s interview with Demilked and to see his land art creations.
“I believe that we all are creative beings, and expressing ourselves creatively is a deeply satisfying experience, be it with little moulds, little sieves and little shovels, or later with paints, clay, dance, voice, instruments or computer programmes,” Voorwold told Demilked.
“The short-living character of my installations always create a feeling of “letting go”. Creating something and letting go again. Not holding something, getting stuck to it, but allowing the change, the transformation, which takes place in life every moment,” he explained, adding that he leaves most of his land art installations in their original locations.
“The sequence is irrelevant. I may have a clear idea for a particular sculpture first and then find the right material and finally a suitable place for it. Or I may come across some amazing stones, then inwardly imagine a certain shape and finally look for a place.”
“Place, materials and form are important components for an artwork in nature. Photography might be added as a fourth element.”
“Judy, a little eight-year-old English girl, was standing next to me, almost devoutly, watching me for hours and without a word, to see what I was up to. The following day she had marked off her own canvas, putting colourful butterflies into the burning sand. I felt very proud.”
“I know that the importance of my work goes beyond myself and my audience, that is has educational value too. It stimulates creativity and self-development.”
“My installations blend flawlessly into the landscape and often appear to have been there forever.”
“In a word, my artistic work has something to do with peace, i.e. peace with nature, with the weather, the stones, the light and the inscrutable ocean… Peace with myself.”