I wanted to express both tension and yielding in this sculpture. I envision the two main elements as naturally straight and rigid, but being inexorably drawn together by an irresistible force to the point of cracking apart. The title refers to an alternative term for “animal magnetism”; the fact that the two components are identical in form is telling — read into it what you will, Dr. Freud.

animal magnetism |ˌønəməl ˌmøgnəˈtɪzəm|
1 a quality of sexual attractiveness : he had an animal magnetism that women found irresistible.
2 historical a supposed emanation to which the action of hypnotism was ascribed.

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