For those who love wood: Ursula Von Rydingsvard says it in cedar

amazing art, I just love wood! Pity I don’t live in Yorkshire, but at least I have the pictures…

Christina James, crime novelist


Last weekend, I visited the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.  We often take our dog for walks there, but last Saturday, although the dog came too, I was on a mission: to visit its latest exhibition, a stunning major show of more than fifty pieces by the American sculptor Ursula Von Rydingsvard.

As her name suggests, she wasn’t born in the USA, but in Germany, to a Polish mother and Ukrainian father, in 1942.  After a tough time in various refugee camps, she and her family emigrated to America in 1952.  Admirers of her work say that they see the suffering of her childhood rooted in it.  She herself says that it may be there, but that no single piece of her work conveys a single message, because that would bore her, and probably bore others, too.

Bronze Bowl with Lace 2013-2014 Bronze Bowl with Lace 2013-2014

I agree wholeheartedly with this, and was certainly not thinking…

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