Austrian-born Caroline Ramersdorfer studied philosophy in Paris and sculpture in Carrara, Italy, and her sculpture is rooted in both disciplines.
About ten years ago, a grant for a multimedia project led to the series Inner Views, works in marble that use light and space to create physical and spiritual interiors. Both large and small scale, her work is a study in contrasts-tense and fluid, weighty and ethereal-and speaks to the mutability of perception and experience. More recently, Ramersdorfer has sheared away one side of the marble slab, shattering the boundary between surface and interior. This creates a lighter and more dynamic piece, where the interior is hard to define, always changing.
Things shift again in her latest series, Inner View Open, where closely layered slabs, angled in opposition to each other, create a single interior interrupted by delicate bridges and spindles.
The effect is of something pulsing, living and mutable. The images remind us that perception is subjective, an image or awareness that can change with the light, and conditional, based in the circumstances of a moment. In her Inner Views, Ramersdorfer translates the tension inherent in our desire to find a spiritual calm into sculptural form.
Jacqueline Keren Salem, New York