Berkshire, Architecture Design Art, Hamptons Doc
A portrait of the noted sculptor.
Ursula von Rydingsvard is known for her monumental sculptures, composed of highly manipulated cedar, with work featured at MoMA, the Met, the Whitney, the Art Institute of Chicago, and numerous other notable institutions, as well as public art projects that encourage viewers’ tactile engagement. Filmmaker Daniel Traub offers audiences an intimate look at von Rydingsvard’s Brooklyn studio and the collaborative process that goes into her work, while also exploring her background as a Polish native born during WWII, who emigrated to a small working class Connecticut town as a child. Though soft-spoken, the artist speaks volumes as she relates the impact of her violent father and schizophrenic husband on her development as an artist, and how this background primed her to move to NYC in the 1970s to focus on art as a career. While somewhat limited by a too-brief running time, Traub’s film succeeds in paying von Rydingsvard her due, while enticing newcomers to her work to seek out more information.