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Ursula von Rydingsvard: Scuplture

Art & Design

Reshaping nature, Ursula von Rydingsvard uses cedar beams as the main material for her monumental, labor-intensive sculptures (which she describes as emotional landscapes). The German-born, New York-based artist achieves her signature look by marrying an aesthetic slightly reminiscent of Paleolithic art with abstract contemporary contours, and then plays with shadows by brushing the surfaces with graphite. Each piece is born through spontaneity — Rydingsvard cringes at the idea of making preliminary sketches. Rather, she lets the process decide the outcome, drawing parallels to the unpredictable character of Mother Earth herself. A bold, exciting show that’s not to be missed and surely worth the drive west.