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GiottoUrsula von Rydingsvard

August 14, 2008

From her Brooklyn studio, Ursula von Rydingsvard details her infatuation with Florentine painter, Giotto di Bondone.

“I think if I were to dip into art history, I would choose Giotto as a role model,” says the artist. “There’s something so earnest and contained about the psychological reaping that he does with his faces, with his hands, and even the cloth that he puts on his people.”

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Producer: Susan Sollins & Nick Ravich. Camera: Joel Shapiro. Sound: Mark Mandler & Roger Phenix. Editor: Steven Wechsler.

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Ursula von Rydingsvard

Ursula von Rydingsvard’s massive sculptures reveal the trace of the human hand and resemble wooden bowls, tools, and walls that seem to echo the artist’s family heritage in pre-industrial Poland before World War II. She builds towering cedar structures, creating an intricate network of individual beams and sensuous, puzzle-like surfaces. While abstract at its core, von Rydingsvard’s work takes visual cues from the landscape, the human body, and utilitarian objects—such as the artist’s collection of household vessels—and demonstrates an interest in the point where the man-made meets nature.

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