Rona Pondick, ‘Muskrat’, 2002-05, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac

About Rona Pondick

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 chilling how it all comes together.”

American, b. 1952, Brooklyn, NY, USA, based in New York City, NY, USA

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