Ursula Von Rydingsvard

German, b. 1942

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Ursula Von Rydingsvard

German, b. 1942

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An internationally recognized sculptor, Ursula Von Rydingsvard creates large-scale, sometimes monumental abstract forms that resemble geological formations, landscapes, giant vessels, elements of the body, or walls that evoke her experience growing up in Nazi slave-labor and refugee camps. Rydingsvard typically works with cedar wood, composing her sculptures from intricate networks of individual beams into which she and her team cut wedges, knobs, and teeth using circular handsaws; the parts are glued and stacked together and sometimes stained with special pigments. Rydingsvard produced her 2013 abstract bronze sculpture Ona (“she” or “her” in Polish), a 12,000-pound public art installation in Brooklyn with a bumpy, textured surface, by carving the work in wood before casting it in bronze, and applying chemicals to the surface that react with the metal to create different colors.

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Biography

An internationally recognized sculptor, Ursula Von Rydingsvard creates large-scale, sometimes monumental abstract forms that resemble geological formations, landscapes, giant vessels, elements of the body, or walls that evoke her experience growing up in Nazi slave-labor and refugee camps. Rydingsvard typically works with cedar wood, composing her sculptures from intricate networks of individual beams into which she and her team cut wedges, knobs, and teeth using circular handsaws; the parts are glued and stacked together and sometimes stained with special pigments. Rydingsvard produced her 2013 abstract bronze sculpture Ona (“she” or “her” in Polish), a 12,000-pound public art installation in Brooklyn with a bumpy, textured surface, by carving the work in wood before casting it in bronze, and applying chemicals to the surface that react with the metal to create different colors.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
The Guardian, and 1 more
Articles Featuring Ursula Von Rydingsvard
For Ursula von Rydingsvard, Making Art Is a Way to Survive
Apr 16th, 2018
Faces of the Venice Biennale
Jun 8th, 2015
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