One of the most internationally successful sculptors of the last 30 years, New York–based artist Rona Pondick uses traditional and technologically advanced methods to create sculptural hybrids that meld body fragments with animal or plant forms.
In an interview with Blouin Artinfo on the occasion of the group exhibition Beautiful Beast at the New York Academy of Art, Pondick states, “I want my animal/human hybrid sculptures to have a kind of emotional and psychological presence that makes you aware of your own body. I work and rework my sculptures, across many years, until I am happy with the gesture, posture, and form. My animal/human hybrids are often climbing, walking, jumping, seated, or reclining, claiming their physical spaces like territorial animals.”
Pondick has exhibited her work worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art, Bologna; Groninger Museum, The Netherlands; Rupertinum, Salzburg; Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland; Cincinnati Art Museum; Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, among others. Pondick has also participated in numerous prestigious exhibitions including the Whitney Biennial, Lyon Biennale, Johannesburg Biennale, and Venice Biennale.
Her work is in the collections of more than 35 institutions, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh; New Orleans Museum of Art; Centre Pompidou, Paris, and the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. She has received numerous awards and grants, such as the Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, and Bogliasco Foundation Fellowship.
Presented in partnership with the William Bronson and Grayce Slovet Mitchell Lectureship in the Department of Fiber and Material Studies.