An Artist Spent Over 1000 Hours Knitting Wire Into Anatomically Correct Heart

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Artist Anne Mondro has merged grissly body anatomy with a unique style of knitting. Her stunning piece, created by crocheting tinned copper wire, is an almost perfect replica of a human heart.

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Her work explores the physical and emotional complexity of the human body. Integrating traditional craft, fine art, and digital technology, she creates images and sculptures that investigate humanity.

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Mondro is an Associate Professor at the School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan. She spent a year researching the anatomy of a heart in order to ensure that her art was as anatomically correct as possible. She figured out how to make her hearts using 3D modeling software and she complemented the process by spending time in the university anatomy laboratory.

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In talking about her work, Anne explains, “This piece is very personal. I’ve been working with older adults with memory loss and their caregivers. It’s so intense to be a caregiver. 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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