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Rona Pondick

Worcester Art Museum/Howard Yezerski Gallery

Rona Pondick first garnered attention in the late 1980s with her primal and disquieting assemblages of disembodied part-objects and prostheses, such as shoes, baby bottles, or mouths. Since 1998, however, the New York–based artist has taken a different tack, fashioning her own body parts in stainless steel and bronze and mating the results with a variety of flora and fauna, from muskrats to monkeys; for Pyracantha, 2005–2006, for example, she cast an exotic evergreen bush in stainless steel, replacing its pomes with minuscule self-portrait busts. Such hybrids formed the core of “Rona Pondick: The Metamorphosis of an Object,” an ambitious site-specific installation at the Worcester Art Museum, which traced the artist’s enduring fascination with physical and psychic transformation as well as her long-standing interest in the history of sculpture. To foreground the latter enthusiasm, Pondick,

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