Holland Houdek, 2016, USA
Femoral stem with rheumatoid nodule — hip replacement
This series focuses on medical implants, the body, and embodied experience. Medical implants are the bonds that hold broken bodies together, where metal fuses with organic matter to extend and improve the lives of millions of people. These hand-fabri- cated objects glorify the highly individual and personal nature of prosthesis and surgeries, while evoking notions of memento mori and the fragile nature of the human form. Using real medical implants as inspiration, I have reinvented and exaggerated these devices for imagined bodies. The intention is for the viewers to consider their own physicality and to visualise the absent anato- mies implied by the work.