Laryngectomy Tube
Removal of the Larynx Brooch (2012)
hand-fabricated copper, nickel silver,
nickel plated, silver chain
4″ x 3″ x 1.25″  | 
10 x 8 x 3 cm

Hip Implants with Femoral Heads
Hip Replacement Neckpiece (2012)
hand-fabricated pewter,
nickel plated, dog-tag ball chain
7″ x 6.75″ x 2″  |  18 x 17 x 5 cm

Larngectomy Tubes Neckpiece
Removal of the Larynx Neckpiece (2012)
hand-fabricated copper, nickel plated
13″ x 12″ x 1.25″  |  33 x 30 x 3 cm

Hip Implant with Femoral Head
Hip Replacement Brooch (2012)
hand-fabricated pewter, copper,
nickel silver, nickel plated
7″ x 3.25″ x 2″  |  18 x 8 x 5 cm

Tibial Baseplate
Knee Implant Brooch (2012)
hand-fabricated pewter, copper,
nickel silver, nickel plated
3″ x 3″ x 1.75″  |  8 x 8 x 4 cm

“Implants” Artist Statements

Medical implants have the power to sustain and improve life.  However, due to strict governmental regulations in the US, many of these devices “expire” despite being perfectly usable.  Others are recalled due to adverse bodily affects. Furthermore, the US is the largest exporter of medical implants to developing and third world countries that are in desperate need of such medical solutions. Unfortunately, the delivery of these implants is often made problematic by bureaucratic entanglements, black market interventions, high tariffs, and prolonged testing procedures.  Such complications cost countless lives every year. This series of work glorifies these powerful medical objects and aims to raise awareness of the complex issues that result in these implants never making it into the body to serve their necessary purpose.