Our most basic concerns as human beings are communication and the body. A ligature refers to the typographic concept of two letters fused together to form a new letter (æ). Ligaments are connective tissue in the body, joining bone to bone to form a joint. The exhibition,  Ligaments and Ligatures,  connects textile organ sculptures with word association to common diseases. The word  pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis  is the longest word in the English language at 45 letters long. This word refers to a lung disease brought on by the inhalation of volcanic ash. By referencing a lung disease, this word ties together my  TEXT- ing project with my work on a concurrent project called  Organs and Organisms.   As these ill organs spell out their weaknesses, they depict the universal frailty of the human condition. Due to the tactile and visceral nature of the selected material used in the production of these sculptures, a levity will be conveyed despite the challenging theme.. Through the morphing of the organs and words, a tension is created by the seriousness of the subject matter and the tangibility of the materials.  Ligaments and Ligatures was exhibited at Ottawa City Hall Art Gallery June 14 - July 28, 2013 and  Harcourt House Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, August 22-September 6, 2013   
Lungs Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis
ColonCancer (left wall), NeuronMS (back wall), GallBladderStones and SpleenRupture (on low plinth)
Lungs, with H1N1 virus handbag in background
Lungs Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis
Blood clot from ceiling
Title wall
Installation View:PancreasDiabetes,StomachUlcer, BladderInfection, SpleenRupture, GallbaldderStones
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