Ursula von Rydingsvard’s massive sculptures reveal the mark of the human hand, resembling wooden bowls, tools and walls that seem to echo the artist’s family heritage in preindustrial Poland in the years before the Second World War. She spent her childhood in Nazi labour camps and post-war refugee camps, and her painful early memories imbue her work with great emotional power.
Ursula von Rydingsvard produces tall cedar-wood structures, creating a complex network of individual beams, shaped by sharp-edged, lyrical cutting and glued together to form sensuous puzzle-like surfaces...
She has been awarded numerous prizes, including a Joan Mitchell Prize (1997), an Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1994), and grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation (1983) and the National Endowment for the Arts (1979, 1986). She was also awarded the International Association of Art Critics’ prize in 1992 and 2000.
She has exhibited at Madison Square Park, New York (2006), the Neuberger Museum, the State University of New York (2002) and Storm King Art Center (1992). Ursula von Rydingsvard lives and works in New York.
Ursula VON RYDINGSVARD