Swedish artist Ulrica Hydman-Vallien reached a wide public through her highly original art glass, developing during her last decade. But it was as a ceramist that she originally established her reputation as an artist with an entirely personal range of expression. Her essentially sculptural ceramic art won acclaim for the skill and affection with which it portrayed our human foibles. Simultaneously, her very special and assertive contribution to the “refined” art of pencil drawing helped to establish her as an artist to be reckoned with.
Ulrica was a contemporary artist with roots deep in antiquity, not for her the merely aesthetically appealing, the classically elegant. Rather, she returned to the truly classical, to the use of myth as a means of expressing the unfathomable dimensions of human emotions, of the joys and tragedies of human existence.