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Habitat: Obsessions—A Look at Ursula von Rydingsvard’s Collection of Wooden Objects

Ursula von Rydingsvard in her Accord, NY home.

Ursula von Rydingsvard in her home in Accord, New York, about 100 miles north of Manhattan.

Habitat: Obsessions is a ten-part series of visits to the surprising non-art collections of art-world professionals.

Artist Ursula von Rydingsvard is well known for her massive wooden sculptures cut with circular saws and other hand tools. She is less famous for her collection—40 years in the making—of wooden objects that fill her studio in Brooklyn and her country house in Accord, New York. “On the whole, I look for things that seem humble and as though they’ve had a long history of use,” she said. The collection, sourced from flea markets all over the world, includes cooking implements, shovels, combs, farm tools, and African masks, which she says “play a major role in keeping my spirits high and in continuing my belief in humanity.”

Below, a look at some of the wooden objects in Ursula von Rydingsvard’s collection.


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