Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Hemingway sculpture on display during festival

Bust based in part on passport photo

Express Staff Writer

Photo courtesy Sue McNiel Jaconsen A large bronze bust of Ernest Hemingway graces the foyer at Carol?s Dollar Mountain Lodge for the third annual Ernest Hemingway Festival last weekend. The work was completed in 1977 by Sue McNiel Jacobsen and was originally intended for the display by the Ketchum/Sun Valley Historical Society.

It occupied a prominent place last weekend atop a pedestal in the lobby at Carol's Dollar Mountain Lodge in Sun Valley. And it's heavy.

A bronze Hemingway bust by longtime Sun Valley artist Sue McNiel Jacobsen watched over the comings and goings at the third annual Ernest Hemingway Festival last weekend, Sept. 20 to 23. The artwork was previously exhibited at the 1996 "Making Faces" show of the National Sculpture Society in New York City.

It was created in 1977 over a two-month period and was originally intended for display at the Ketchum-Sun Valley Historical Society museum. "My muse told me to do it," Jacobsen said.

Jacobsen created the bronze from dozens of photos.

"I'd researched every book and picture of him in the Ketchum Community Library, Xeroxed and enlarged them and covered the walls in my studio," she wrote in literature for her Big Wood Artists' Gallery.

"I chose his straightforward passport photo to diagram the relative facial proportions," she writes. "I found a different personality in every photo, and studying them was not unlike reading a biography, or an analysis of his persona. I could understand why so many women fell in love with him!"

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