“These parallel beings glide in and out of focus as we pass through the hours and days that make up our lives.”Stephen Batchelor
…studies in sculpture and abstraction, spirits and souls…
Studies of Chauncey Bradley Ives’s Undine Receiving Her Soul, 1861.
The description reads:
‘This sculpture appears remarkably different when viewed from opposing sides. The front presents Undine’s face and pose. From behind, the sculpture appears to be a stunning, nearly abstract study in rippling fabric, which streams down her back, gathers fluidly at the waist, and pools on the ground.’
‘Undine was a mythological water spirit who tricked a mortal into marrying her in order to gain a soul. Chauncey Bradley Ives, one of the American sculptors working in Rome, depicted Undine according to a passage in a popular literary account: “But an appearance, from the opening of the fountain…rose like a white column of water; at first they imagined it to be a spouting fountain…until they perceived the form to be a pale female, veiled in white.’
She does indeed catch the eye captivate the imagination as if arriving from a deep pool of the mind….
All images found at SLAM, the Saint Louis Art Museum.