Last week I called in at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park on the way back from dropping my son at Durham University. In the Underground Gallery is an exhibition by the American artist Ursula von Rydingsvard. She is mainly known for huge, weighty sculptures that she constructs and out of cedar posts. She uses an electric saw to shape and mark the wood – these are not delicate objects but bold and masculine …. they have presence.
They had qualities that I admired, like the way the light caught their multi-faceted surface,
and the way she marks the wood with paint,
and I loved this laminated, cedar circle.
But it was the small, experimental works that I really liked.
She has uses any material to hand – wire, abaca paper, sheeps wool, wax, mud and hair ….
Sorry if the photos are a bit grainy – I only had my phone on me.