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Ursula Von Rydingsvard is a contemporary sculptor renown for her wood sculptures cut by chainshaw. Ursula Von Rydingsvard was born in Deensen, Lower Saxony, Germany in the year 1942.

The artist grew up in Nazi Germany and her Ukranian father was drafted into service. The family would be on the move constantly moving from relocation camp to relocation camp. The family moved emigrated to the United States in the 1950’s.

Von Rydingsvard attended Columbia University located in New York City where she earned a M.F.A.

The artist often uses cedar wood as her medium of choice.

In this clip from Art21, the P.B.S. series devoted to artisans and their crafts, we view a short documentary on Ursula Von Rydingsvard:

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Some recurring subjects included in her work include bowls and spoons.

The artist is part of many prestigious permanent collections including the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of Art both located in New York City. She also is included in the collection of the National Gallery of Art located in Washington D.C.

Ursula Von Rydinsvard is one of the most interesting wood carvers on the planet merely for the size of her creations! I enjoy comparing the artist’s “bowl” works to that of the First Nations Artists.