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One of the most inventive and prolific contemporary sculptors, Von Rydingsvard seeks with her work to “get answers to questions for which I know there are no answers.” Her signature works are largescale organic forms carved from layers of cedar planks, perhaps a subconscious impulse relating to her early childhood. The artist was born to a Polish family in Nazi Germany, and her father was a forced laborer, a woodcutter. After the war, her family lived in the wooden barracks of eight different refugee camps before moving to the U.S. in 1950. Von Rydingsvard’s process is both instinctive and calculated. She leans on her emotions—especially anger, for which she is most grateful—to determine the contouring of her forms, surfaces that she sees as landscapes. Like the resulting sculptures, Von Rydingsvard’s works on paper are equally enveloping and intricate. The textile, tugged and torn and unraveled, creates a textural patchwork of tension and space, hanging in a delicate web of undoing. It reads like a Von Rydingsvard sculpture: simultaneously an endless rolling landscape and an unanswered question about the fragile human condition.
2019
silk scarf, thread, wool, pigment, paper pulp
36.0 x 22.0in
2023.29

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