Triumph of the Egg

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The title of this piece probably refers to Sherwood Anderson's 1921 "The Triumph of the Egg." In the short story, the narrator tells how the egg spoils his family's hopes for success, first as chicken farmers and later as restaurateurs. The triumph of the egg is the continuous cycle of "the chicken and the egg," which leads the narrator to ponder the meaning of life. Jeremy Anderson (no relation to the author) depicts a human hand coming out of a speckled egg. Keeping the story in mind, we might suspect that the eggshell in this piece imprisons a person and that the hand calls for help or searches for an escape. The sculpture may also be a metaphor for Anderson's birth, since the short story was published the same year the artist was born.
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". . . Taking the world apart is easy, it is getting it back together in an acceptable form that is difficult." Jeremy Anderson, quoted in Artweek, March 22, 1975
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Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak
Jeremy Anderson, born Palo Alto, CA 1921-died Mill Valley, CA 1982
assembled, painted and shellacked wood, fiberglass and sand
20 x 16 x 6 3/4 in. (50.8 x 40.6 x 17.1 cm.)
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