Lost Soul, Found Spirit

Copied Robert Ebendorf, Lost Soul, Found Spirit, 1996, found materials and metal, 13121 14 in. ( cm.), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist in memory of Mr. Ronald H. Pearson, 1996.61

Artwork Details

Lost Soul, Found Spirit
Not on view
13121 14 in. ( cm.)
Credit Line
Gift of the artist in memory of Mr. Ronald H. Pearson
Mediums Description
found materials and metal
  • Animal — bird
  • Religion — New Testament — Christ
  • Dress — accessory — jewelry
  • Animal — rabbit
  • Religion — New Testament — Crucifixion
  • Animal — fish — crab
  • Figure — fragment — skeleton
  • Emblem — cross
Object Number

Artwork Description

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.