"Czara z Babelkami" (2006)

"Czara z Babelkami," 2006
Cedar, 202 x 125 x 74 inches.
Installation at Madison Square Park, New York.
© Ursula von Rydingsvard, courtesy the artist and Galerie Lelong, New York.

"I had a sweater as a little girl (in the refugee camps in Germany), and it was hand-knit out of unbleached wool from sheep. It had wonderful babelkami (popcorn stitches) on it, on the grid that was at the top part of the body. And of course, in no time at all (because it was not as though I had more than one of these...it was actually the only sweater I had during all those years) it got worn on the sleeve, around the shoulders and around the belly, so that it was kind of wayward. The grid got disrupted. It went organically way-ward. It started flowing. It started falling. So I used that, or a kind of intrigue with that, in part, as a source of my imagery for this enormous bowl."
- Ursula von Rydingsvard