New models for environmental artists #1

Stacy Levy is an environmental artist in the tradition of Andy Goldsworthy and Richard Long, but with a focus on the microcosm and inherent architecture of nature. I appreciate the collaborative approach to her work, partnering with scientists, engineers and architects to craft her site-specific sculpture and installation. For me the most successful works are the ones that blend with and are overtaken by the environments they are installed in. Unlike the masculine, overly imposing and ego driven works of the Earth artists Robert Smithson and Michael Heizer, Levy’s work seems more organic and integrated, as opposed to monumental and controlling. Perhaps this is part of a change in the temperament of contemporary art making –away from the anthropocentric and towards an ecocentric practice? There seems to be a trend of creative works that are more in the vein of humility and respect for nature as opposed to in dominance of control over it.

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