Untitled, 2009

Mixed Media

Thread, linen and cotton handmade paper.

35.00 x 22.50 in

88.9 x 57.1 cm

Unique Work

Signed and dated by the artist on verso, lower left.

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 her residency at the Dieu Donné 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 Donné 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 Donné

About Ursula Von Rydingsvard

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