- Artist: Aase Texmon Rygh
- Creation date: 2013
- Object type: Sculpture
After completing her training as a sculptor in 1949, Aase Texmon Rygh became one of the pioneers of abstract sculpture in Norway. She has dedicated her career to developing an abstract idiom, exploring in particular the properties of the Möbius strip and translating them to sculpture. Her series of Möbius sculptures is based on a geometric phenomenon discovered by the nineteenth-century German mathematician August Ferdinand Möbius: in essence, a strip is held firm at one end and rotated once around itself, before the two ends of the strip are joined together, thus creating an infinity loop.
Texmon Rygh creates these sculptures in bronze as well as in stone. She has made not only single Möbius strips, but also double and triple ones, some lying and some standing, as shown in this image. She refines the form by rotating the sculpture and adding additional loops. These sculptural variations are complex, with extra dimensions of spatiality. The viewer is challenged to capture the form by moving around it, while the sculpture reveals its many twists and turns, though without any beginning or end – they are infinite forms.
Within Texmon Rygh’s oeuvre, this series represents her most consistent work on abstraction, far removed from the world of figurative depiction. Through her variations over the Möbius theme, Texmon Rygh has come closer to finally realizing her artistic goal of the purely sculptural form.