Lost Soul, Found Spirit

  • Robert Ebendorf, Lost Soul, Found Spirit, 1996, glass, pearl, metal, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist in memory of Mr. Ronald H. Pearson, 1996.61

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Robert Ebendorf created a series of disturbing pieces with this title following a painful divorce. The chicken's foot, squirrel's paw, and numerous claws represent the loss of hands, which are a jeweler's means of creating. With these symbols, Ebendorf expressed his own sense of loss in his personal life. The act of creating the pieces, however, was a kind of salvation for the artist. He acknowledged this by including in this piece a crucifix, an image of Jesus and rosary beads, to suggest suffering and redemption.

Title
Lost Soul, Found Spirit
Artists
Date
1996
On View
Dimensions
13 x 12 x 1 1/4 in. (33.0 x 30.5 x 3.3 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the artist in memory of Mr. Ronald H. Pearson

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Classifications
Keywords
  • Emblem – cross
  • Figure – fragment – skeleton
  • Animal – rabbit
  • Religion – New Testament – Crucifixion
  • Animal – bird
Object Number
1996.61
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