Ursula von Rydingsvard: “Becoming an Artist”

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Filmed at her Brooklyn studio, artist Ursula von Rydingsvard recounts her family’s journey from German refugee camps during WWII to their difficult early years in Connecticut. Accompanied by images from her personal archive, von Rydingsvard describes how her family’s struggles still influence her studio practice today.

Ursula von Rydingsvard 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 artists collection of household vessels–and demonstrates an interest in the point where the man-made meets nature.

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Ursula von Rydingsvard in Conversation with Debra Bricker Balken

In a presentation for the School of Visual Arts’ Contemporary Lecture Series, art historian, theorist, and critic Debra Bricker Balken and sculptor Ursula von Rydingsvard – famous for her cedar monuments – discuss the sculptor’s life and career, as well as the effects of subjectivity and psychology on contemporary art. Hosted by College of Fine Arts School of Visual Arts on March 17, 2009.

More Ursula von Rydingsvard videos on Youtube.