Untitled, 2009 - Ursula Von Rydingsvard
About the Work
For her first body of work in paper, Ursula von Rydingsvard, widely known for her massive and totemic sculptural works, collaborated with Artistic Director and master papermaker, Paul Wong, to create a series of unique works over the term of ...Read More
For her first body of work in paper, Ursula von Rydingsvard, widely known for her massive and totemic sculptural works, collaborated with Artistic Director and master papermaker, Paul Wong, to create a series of unique works over the term of her residency at the Dieu DonneÌ studios. Confronted with a medium that presented a complete departure for the artist, the residency allowed von Rydingsvard to delve into processes of fabrication alien to her own studio work—so solidly founded in the medium of wood.
During her time at Dieu DonneÌ the artist literally immersed herself in the papermaking method, forming image and content by utilizing loose paper pulp as medium. The entire series, over sixty works in all, were developed in a thorough investigation of the process, which included using pigmented pulp, playing with the tonality, opacity, and transparency of the fiber selected, and exploring cotton, linen, and abaca as pulp materials. The artist also incorporated personal materials and fabrics such as bits of cloth, crocheted segments, wire balls, and thread pulled into circular forms. In imagery, the artist maintains an adherence to a loose matrix of the grid, upon which she lays out her elements, in a wet-into-wet formation. The majority of the works investigate the protean nature of her process, which is reliant on water as vehicle—floating, joining, and organizing the organic elements in her work. Von Rydingsvard ultimately developed a special relationship to the materials, well grounded in her techniques of working in wood. Faced with a more fluid form, the artist was exposed to the indirect consequences of nature affecting the final outcome. Processes interceded and had to be embraced—the flattening of pulp in hydraulic presses, extracting and evaporating water and drying pulp. Von Rydingsvard reveled in this unpredictability.
Courtesy of Dieu DonneÌ
About the Artist
About Ursula Von Rydingsvard
A common motif in von Rydingsvard's oeuvre is the bowl, which alternately suggests domestic tools, the topology of mountainous landscapes, primitive dwellings, and the human body. In Dorotka (2008), pigmented cedar forms recall a boulder or cavern, while the bulbous Bowl With Mantle (2008) resembles a beehive or an elaborate vase.
Von Rydingsvard's work has been the subject of solo shows internationally, including the traveling exhibition Ursula von Rydingsvard: Sculpture 1991-2009, organized by New York's SculptureCenter. Her work has also been included in exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Walker Art Center, and Storm King. She is the recipient of a Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture (2011), a Joan Mitchell Foundation Award (1997) and an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1994), as well as fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation (1983) and the National Endowment for the Arts. Read Less
DescriptionThread, linen and cotton handmade paper.
AuthenticationSigned and dated by the artist on verso, lower left.
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