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Ursula Von Rydingsvard: Working Patricia C. Phillips

Ursula Von Rydingsvard: Working

Patricia C. Phillips

Published March 1st 2011
ISBN : 9783791350868
Hardcover
208 pages
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This beautifully produced catalog surveys the past thirty years of Ursula von Rydingsvard s immense abstract sculptures, often shaped from cedar beams. Von Rydingsvards massive sculptures reveal the trace of the human hand and resemble wooden bowls,MoreThis beautifully produced catalog surveys the past thirty years of Ursula von Rydingsvard s immense abstract sculptures, often shaped from cedar beams. Von Rydingsvards massive sculptures reveal the trace of the human hand and resemble wooden bowls, tools, and walls that seem to echo the artists Polish heritage. Born in Germany in 1942, she and her family were among the dispossessed forced to move from one refugee camp to another for years after that countrys defeat- they eventually settled in the United States. The artists respect for organic materials and the dignity of labour, and the sense of loss, pain, and persistent memories that inform her work, may be traced back to these formative experiences. Essentially abstract, von Rydingsvards monumental site-specific work frequently references familiar forms, from mountains to simple tools and bowl-like vessels. The aggressive cuts and delicate lines made by the artist leave an indelible trace of human touch and intention. A selection of process shots, drawings, and views of works in various stages of construction lends additional context and a sense of the process behind the artists intensely physical and deeply personal art.