Three Bowls, Kansas City Sculpture Park

Ursula von Rydingsvard
1990, Cedar and graphite
9 feet 4 inches x 15 feet 10 inches x 8 feet (284.48 x 482.6 x 243.84 cm

According to Deborah Emont Scott and Martin Friedman, Rydinsvard uses domestic images from her childhood (spoons, bowls, boxes, washboards, etc) in a camp for displaced persons during World War II. Typically her works are wooden, sometimes darkened with graphite and/or oil as reminders of her gloomy past. The bowl is often represented because she believes it can have wide range of interpretations (26).

See other sculpture from the Kansas City Sculpture Park.

Work Cited:
Deborah Emont Scott and Martin Friedman. Modern Sculpture at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: An Anniversary Celebration. Kansas City Missouri: Nelson Gallery Foundation, 1999.

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