"Ocean Floor" (1996)

"Ocean Floor," 1996
Cedar, graphite, and cow intestines, 89 x 20 x 29 inches overall.
© Ursula von Rydingsvard, courtesy the artist and Galerie Lelong, New York.

"I think, to have any level of interest, you have to have some sort of combat occurring within the work- some sort of conflict. You don’t want a blandness; you don’t want a sameness- although a sameness can also bring about conflict. It’s not as though there’s any kind of a rule as to how to get there. For me it’s all instinctive as to what sort of a mixture is needed. And I never verbalize this as I do the work. I’m just thinking about that in retrospect. Often, no matter what I say- especially about how to make art or how to think about art- I could almost say the opposite and the opposite would be equally true." - Ursula von Rydingsvard ...

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"I think, to have any level of interest, you have to have some sort of combat occurring within the work- some sort of conflict. You don’t want a blandness; you don’t want a sameness- although a sameness can also bring about conflict. It’s not as though there’s any kind of a rule as to how to get there. For me it’s all instinctive as to what sort of a mixture is needed. And I never verbalize this as I do the work. I’m just thinking about that in retrospect. Often, no matter what I say- especially about how to make art or how to think about art- I could almost say the opposite and the opposite would be equally true."

- Ursula von Rydingsvard

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