"Mother's Purse" (1997)

"Mother's Purse," 1997
Cedar and graphite, 24 1/2 x 78 x 91 inches
© Ursula von Rydingsvard, courtesy the artist and Galerie Lelong, New York

"Nothing can exist in my head without opposites. The opposites don’t have to be complete opposites, but they can be things that don’t ordinarily belong together- as within a setting or within a piece that has tremendous agitation and agony there can also be something very hushed and very quiet, and very lyrical and very humane. Within the context of something that feels as though it’s full of violence, one can have something that feels humble, that feels as though it’s capable of petting you on the head in a most gentle sort of way."

- Ursula von Rydingsvard