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– Albert Camus

Aase Texmon Rygh, Møbius (rund), 2013. Foto: Øystein Thorvaldsen.

Aase Texmon Rygh (b 1925), found her artistic vision at an early point, remaining faithful to it throughout her career. With exceptionally strong determination, she arrived at a simplified and abstract form of visual expression at a time when naturalistic sculpture still had a dominant place in Norway.

Much like British contemporaries Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore, Aase Texmon Rygh explored the shape of the abstracted and simplified human figure in the 1950s and 1960s. Over the course of several years she developed an abstract language where motion and gesture played a central part. Later in her career she left the human figure behind altogether, and developed a purely abstract formal language as she became interested in concepts of stability, perpetuity and eternity.


Aase Texmon Rygh

The German mathematician August Ferdinand Möbius (1790-1868) gave his name to the Möbius Strip, which is best explained as giving half a twist to a flat strip of paper and fastening its ends together. This creates a surface with only one side facing both inward and outward. Aase Texmon Rygh considers this shape as universal as the circle and the square. She made a series of 5 sculptures based on the Möbius Strip: Møbius Round, Møbius Supine, Møbius Double, Møbius Standing and Møbius Triple.

19 Comments Add yours

  1. Rio says:

    Reblogged this on Seriously Clowning Around and commented:
    Sorry for nothing new from me, I’m stitching these days, but I thought this was worth a reblog! Lovely!

    1. Sigrun says:

      Thank you, Rio!

      1. Rio says:

        No, THANK YOU! 🙂

  2. I wasn’t familiar with her work. It’s really great.

    1. Sigrun says:

      Yes, very good indeed. She hasn’t been given the attention deserved at all, some say it’s because she’s a woman, others think it is because she lived a very private life.

  3. sadok says:

    it is fascinating , really simple and inspiring… Thanks for the insights!

    1. Sigrun says:

      I see her work as very simple, and also very powerful

  4. Arti says:

    Interesting… something that Escher would have done if he were a sculptor. 😉

    1. Sigrun says:

      – yes, didn’t think of him, but a very interesting parallel. Thanks!

  5. I love these mobius sculptures; a new discovery, thanks. She is just as wonderful as many other feted artists and it does make one curious as to why she is not better known. Well, I am in UK so maybe we are anglo-centric here. I am forwarding this to a Swedish painter friend whose father was a sculptor and also made mobius strip works. it will be interesting to see if she has heard of Rygh.

    1. Sigrun says:

      Thank you!
      Would love to hear your friends response!

  6. lori says:

    makes me think of a shell, the way the eye follows the curves…but mobius always makes me a bit nervous, isn’t that strange? perhaps it’s the way it doesn’t make sense really. i bought arctic dreams thinking of you and your thoughtful review.

    1. Sigrun says:

      Thank you! I love the idea of the møbius making you a bit nervous, it’s an excellent image of good art, making the ground under our feet just a tiny bit unstable. Wish you a great time in the Arctic!

      1. lori says:

        thank you!

  7. Jeff says:

    The moment I think of it as a physical object, I expect it to have trouble standing up or staying still, as though it should infinitely roll away to nowhere in particular.

    1. Sigrun says:

      ah – such a wonderful image, thank you!

  8. I love the photo of the artist with her work. Her face, her posture–they say a lot.

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