The present work’s convex and concave curves and smooth, taught surface concentrate its energy into a pure and fluid rhythm. There is a tantalising suggestion of metamorphosis: ‘Arp's assimilation of the process of creation in nature with that of art finds a tangible dimension in his sculptures [...]. Stemming from simple, primordial forms – most frequently that of an embryo, a simple head, a navel, a bud, or even an amoeba – Arp's sculptures deploy their powers of spatial expression precisely through these organic and rounded masses which swell and bulge with a life of their own and whose expansive movements suggest the existence of an imaginary energy centre at the heart of the works themselves. Indeed, there is a sense of permanent flux, as though currents and forces loom up to the surface only to be solidified there’ (in Jean Arp, L'Invention de la forme (exhibition catalogue), Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, 2004, p. 52).
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