Artist and University of Michigan professor Anne Mondro uses a crochet hook and tinned copper wire to create realistic 3D models of human hearts, a moving a metaphor for the close-knit relationships between medical patients and their caregivers.
The project began back in 2006 when Mondro developed a course called ‘Retaining Identity’ at the University of Michigan’s Stamps School of Art and Design.
The class matched students with persons with dementia via the U-M Geriatric Center, encouraging the artists to consider the ways that creativity might provide an empowering, enlivening balm during times of illness. Over the ensuing years, Mondro has witnessed many tender relationships between the memory loss patients and their caregivers, and she explains, “When you care for a loved one, the two of you become intertwined. You take on their vulnerabilities but also their strengths. As I thought about that relationship, it was important that these forms be tied together somehow.”
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[via My Modern Met]