Ursula von Rydingsvard

Ursula von Rydingsvard

SCIENTIA, 2016

Bronze

Sculpture

25’ x 12’ 6” x 10’

A gift commissioned by Lore Harp McGovern for the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT and MIT’s Public Art Collection


The studio of Ursula von Rydingsvard is a constant hum of activity and inquiry. Each new work continues and confirms a depth and persistence of process – and presents new directions and challenges. Paradoxically both tempestuous and contemplative, the artist, clothed in protective gear, quietly draws exquisite wandering lines on pieces of cedar that are assembled to make stable forms whose exposed surfaces are scored and lacerated in a cacophony of the screeching blades of circular saws. Each new work builds on her precedents, yet reveals in its process of becoming an enduring commitment to emergent and often difficult new ideas and directions. Often beginning with the conformities of milled, “ready-made” cedar beams, new and unprecedented variables are coordinated in a wildly persistent yet inherently searching process. Her unconventional methodology was not taught and has been discovered and honed through a deep, intuitive intelligence formed through experience, observation, repetition, inquiry, and concentration.


Building Number: 46

Accession Number: PFA.2016.003