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Ursula von Rydingsvard, Kasia, 2016

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Ursula von Rydingsvard, Kasia, 2016

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Ursula von Rydingsvard, Kasia, 2016

7,500.00

Ursula von Rydingsvard
Kasia, 2016
Silk, pigment, linen and handmade paper
29 1/2 x 26 inches
Variable edition of 20

 

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In celebration of our 40th Anniversary, Dieu Donné is pleased to announce the release of Kasia, 2016, Ursula von Rydingsvard’s first edition in paper. Each of the works in this limited and variable edition were created by hand by the Artist, while working in collaboration with Artistic Director Paul Wong.

One of the most influential sculptors working today, Ursula von Rydingsvard has translated her abstract organic imagery and extremely physical approach to art making into the medium of hand paper making. Kasia transforms the Artist’s chosen textiles into grid-like abstractions. In creating this work, the Artist manipulated and placed layers of fabric and thread into wet sheets of pulp and then hand applied bottled paper pulp, which both masks and reveals the underlying materials. Finally, von Rydingsvard rubs powdered graphite into the surface, a technique similar to one she uses in the creation of her monumental cedar sculptures. 

As Art Critic Faye Hirsch explains “[von Rydingsvard] has said, in several contexts, that her earliest memories are of fabric - of linen against the skin, for instance, or of working at softening coarse linen in a displaced camp for Poles, where as a child she lived for a time with her family.” The title Kasia, a shortened version of the Polish name Katarzyna, reinforces that interpretation, as well as the very personal nature of the textiles used in the creation of her work. Awarded the Dieu Donné Lab Grant Artist Residency in 2009, the Artist has continued to pursue her work in paper making and has remarked on the way that it feeds both into and from her sculpture. Works from the Artist’s oeuvre in paper have been included in her exhibitions at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK; Galerie Lelong, New York; deCordova Scultpure Park and Museum, MA; Barbara Krakow Gallery, MA; Miami Art Museum, FL; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, OH.