I’m Sorry, Was I Still Talking?
I read recently that no two ears are the same. They are all special snowflakes that could be used to identify us like fingerprints...or perhaps more appropriately, to unlock our phones.
Each ear is an incredibly complicated sculptural form unto itself. Its interplay of concave and convex shapes originates inside the crevice between the jaw and skull, yet protrudes more than most other features.
But we mostly have the idea that ears are flat things (with holes) applied to the outside of our heads...
I always find it difficult to discuss ears in a portrait sculpture class. I want to describe some of their individual complexity, but not turn them into a distracting problem that doesn’t support the whole.
Most of us don’t spend much time studying other people’s ears...so if making a portrait sculpture is at least partially about creating a physical analog or material history for the act of looking carefully at another person, in most cases, it probably shouldn’t focus heavily on the ears.
Nevertheless, I find I am particularly unpersuasive in class when it comes to ears. Is anyone listening to me?
And my ears, often used as a visual aid, are particularly boring.