Art & Design

Written by Mies van den Biggelaar

Anne Mondro
Image by: Anne Mondro

Anne Mondro’s crocheted wire anatomy

Using a thin 26-gauge tinned copper wire and a pair of crochet needles, artist and Associate Professor Anne Mondro builds anatomical sculptures.

Although her works are her own interpretations of heart, lungs and limbs, she takes a long time researching the anatomy to ensure her work is as anatomically correct as possible. Using 3D modelling software and spending time in the University Anatomy Laboratory of the University of Michigan, where she also teaches. 

Anne Mondro about her work:

Crocheting wire enables me to create interwoven forms that are structurally strong, yet visually and physically light. The forms allude to ethereal silhouettes associated with shadows, ghosts or decay.” 

Anne Mondro has also involved her teaching with the community. ‘Retraining Identity: the role of creativity in the healthcare setting’ is a community engagement course she developed (2006). In the course, design students partner with people with dementia and explores the potential of art to lift the human spirit in times of illness, but also inspired Anne’s personal work.

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.

Want to explore more of Anne Mondro’s work? Visit her website!

Anne Mondro
Image by: Anne Mondro

Tags: Sculpture, Heart, Wire, Anatomy & Art, Lungs , Limbs

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