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Ursula Von Rydingsvard: Into Her Own Image

Ursula von Rydingsvard: Into Her Own

MAD | Music/Art/Design

Imagine growing up in a Soho loft in the late 1970s and falling asleep to the sounds of your mother wielding a chainsaw in the next room. This was Ursie von Rydingsvard’s childhood. The daughter of Polish-American sculptor Ursula von Rydingsvard, Ursie and her mother hardly lived a romantic existence in New York. Instead, they scrimped and struggled the way many first-generation immigrant families do. The only difference? That Ursula was determined, no matter what it took, to become the artist she had always felt called to be.

This compelling documentary portrait is a quiet ode to a woman whose approach to form and material are unmatched in the art world. Working primarily in cedar, von Rydingsvard creates monumental sculptures that play with texture and shape in ways that evoke surprising emotion. Born in Germany to Ukrainian-Polish parents, von Rydingsvard’s family was detained for five years in a post-WWII refugee camp before moving to America. The pain and trauma of this experience, coupled with the anger born from an abusive childhood, left indelible marks on Ursula. But her ability to channel this into her work and practice undoubtedly birthed an artist of singular determination and talent.

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World premiere
Director Daniel Traub
Country of Origin: USA
Year: 2019
Running Time: 57 mins
Format: DCP
Language:In English
Related Links: Official Website | Trailer
Executive Producer: Morning Slayter
Producer: Daniel Traub, Ken Kobland, Simon Taufique
Cinematographer: Daniel Traub
Editor: Ken Kobland, Melody London
Music: Simon Taufique
Production Company: Itinerant Pictures
Print Source: Itinerant Pictures

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