We have been alerted to an exhibition that may interest our readers and is currently in its final weeks at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds. The Body Extended: Sculpture and Prosthetics presents over seventy artworks, objects and images spanning the late nineteenth century to the present day, in order to explore how sculpture and medical science have augmented the analogue human figure. The exhibition includes two masks made by Anna Coleman Ladd (1878-1939) to assist soldiers with facial injuries in World War One, such as the one below. A wonderful piece of footage from Ladd’s studio is available on YouTube.
The exhibition runs until October 23, 2016.
Painted metal facial prosthesis attributed to Anna Coleman Ladd (1878-1939), made in France, 1917-1920. Courtesy of the Antony Wallace Archives of the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons.