Rona Pondick
American, born 1952
Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
Gifts of Love for Lovers of Art,
Alpha 137 Gallery
The Female Emperor,
Alpha 137 Gallery
A Discourse on Plants,
RH Gallery

Rona Pondick’s figurative sculptures have evolved stylistically, taking on an increasingly heightened realism since the 1980s, yet the notion of metamorphosis has proved a consistent theme, inspired by Kafka’s psycho-surrealist drama and the ancient mythologies of Egypt and Greece. Accordingly, Pondick’s subject matter, materials, and process are characterized by hybridity: handcrafted elements fuse with computer-enabled techniques and surfaces are often half glossy, half matte. The yellow stainless steel Dog (1998-2001), for instance, features her own face superimposed on a dog’s body, forming a sphinx-like creature. “The first time I merged a fragment of my own body with an animal, a lightbulb went off,” she says, referring to a realization that such hybrids have existed since the Neolithic era. Pondering scientific advancements in cloning and genetic mutations, she adds, “it’s …

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