Art professor talks with NPR about sculptor’s answer to WWI facial wounds

One Sculptor’s Answer to WWI Wounds: Plaster, Coper and Paint: Sometimes art can change how people see the world. But Anna Coleman Ladd made art that changed how the world saw people. It was World War I, and soldiers were coming home from the battlefield with devastating injuries. Those who survived were often left with disfigured faces. “The part of the soldier’s body that was most vulnerable was his face, because if he looked up over a trench, that was the part that was going to be hit,” says David Lubin, a professor of art at Wake Forest University.

“These men couldn’t be seen on the street,” says Lubin. “They’d gone through multiple operations, and they were seen as so hideous people would sometimes pass out from seeing them.”

 

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