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ODU Professor Creates Unique Holiday Gift

Peter Eudenbach's "Chimera"

Peter Eudenbach, associate professor of art at Old Dominion University, has been making headlines this holiday season with his "Chimera" sculpture. The piece, which is currently available in limited edition through Artware Editions, a New York firm that sells artist-designed household goods, was reviewed in The Los Angeles Times last month and included in the newspaper's annual gift guide.

The hand-assembled piece features a blue glass bulb ornament with cast-metal bird feet. This sculpture, like much of Eudenbach's work, is a poetic hybrid made from familiar elements. To create the piece, he took cast-metal blue jays' feet, manufactured for taxidermists and wood carvers, and attached them to a mouth-blown glass ornament.

According to Eudenbach, the title "Chimera" is a word used in both mythology and biology, and refers to a fusion between two creatures or species. In creating his sculpture, he took inspiration in the time of year. "It's not really about Christmas or Hanukah," he said. "Rather that during the solstice, winter begins its slow transformation into summer, and we await the birth of a new year," he said.

"I'm interested in the fusion of opposites," Eudenbach added. "The juxtaposition of the polished bulb against the raw material of the bird's feet sparks a dialogue." At ODU, he explores many of these themes in his Assemblage art course, which he will teach again in the spring semester.

Eudenbach, who specializes in sculpture, installation and video, has exhibited his work both nationally and internationally. Last year, he had solo exhibitions at the Kunstverein Grafschaft Bentheim in Neuenhaus, Germany, and at the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, Va.

This article was posted on: December 10, 2010

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