Ursula von Rydingsvard
The Denver Botanic Gardens now has three beautiful art galleries. I try to attend each exhibit because the quality of the artists they have chosen is excellent. But this exhibit is stupendous and I have visited it 4 times with different friends because I get inspired each time.
Ursula is 80 years old and is still creating these huge sculptures in her Brooklyn studio. She uses cedar wood and she''s allergic to it so she has to wear a hazmat suit each time she works on a piece.
Each of the many pieces displayed in this exhibit are taken apart to ship and then put together when shown. The engineering is incredible because she has made it so the seams are invisible.
Interestingly, Ursula also works in fiber. She knits forms with wire, incorporates fabrics and thread into her hand-made paper, and sews together dried cow's intestines (sounds gross but these are actually beautiful) with twine.
The exhibit is up through the beginning of September so I'm sure I will be back to visit again. If you find yourself in Denver, I hope you have a chance to see her work in person.
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Carol Ann Waugh
I am a mixed media artist and love color and texture!