"Art making is a form of alchemy, in a way, because you are trying…to make gold from nothing. When it works very well is when you manage to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary."
PREVIEW: Ursula von Rydingsvard in Season 4 of "Art in the Twenty-First Century" (2007)
Ursula von Rydingsvard builds towering cedar structures, creating an intricate network of individual beams and sensuous, puzzle-like surfaces. While abstract at its core, Von Rydingsvard's work takes visual cues from the landscape, the human body, and utilitarian objects—such as the artist's collection of household vessels—and demonstrates an interest in the point where the man-made meets nature.
Ursula von Rydingsvard is featured in the Season 4 episode "Ecology" of the Art21 series "Art in the Twenty-First Century".