Plush Knee

March 26, 2009

my knee sculpture and video

Ouch, My Femoral Condyle!
Synthetic Fiber and Batting, Steel Stand, DVD Video
2009

I’ve completed the plush model of my knee working from my MRI and arthroscopy images, plus anatomical illustrations I found online. It’s capable of dislocating, just like my real knee, and uses elastic to make the ligaments stretch when the joint is bent. It’s my best soft sculpture yet. Still no fibula. The title is “Ouch, my Femoral Condyle,” after the place on my femur where the cartilage was torn.

I made a video to be displayed with the knee, which is a combination of video shots of my knee dislocating combined with MRI animations and arthroscopy stills. Warning: I’ve been told it’s not for the squeamish.

Plush Knee

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9 Responses to “Plush Knee”

  1. Helena says:

    I love this stuff. my best friend recently had a leg amputation, i am currently knitting her a new leg so she can wear skirts on her wheelchair and still look like she has both legs. do you do custom designs for that sort of thing?

  2. Sophie says:

    I love this – I became obsessed with the structure of knees after damaging one of my own, and made lots of drawings, but you’ve totally punched it up to the next level.

    I love that it looks so cuddlable.

  3. Theodore Dibiase says:

    I enjoy plush recreations of anatomy and other esoteric things. Its so wacky and random. Its the kind of thing you can try to show your friends with a straight face and pretend that you had no idea they would think it is wacky/weird/unique. “Oh Becky you are such a card” or “Only Becky would turn an MRI image into a plush toy!”

    PS You got boing’ed! Good luck out there. I hope you finally get labeled a “free spirit” or you overhear someone telling someone that you march to the beat of a different drummer.

    PSS Stop trying so hard. You’ll be much happier when you give up the whole schtick, I promise.

  4. Jesse says:

    Wow. Turns out there are people who get pissed off and mean about PLUSH. I really should stop being amazed at what the internet dredges up.

    P.S. Becky, I think this is AWESOME.

    P.P.S. Pissed off dude? It’s Post Post Script, not Post Script Script.

  5. Mandy says:

    Oh Becky, you are such a card. Only you would turn an MRI image (That’s Magnetic Resonance Image image) into a plush toy!

  6. Mandy says:

    Oh, I forgot to tell you, I was just telling someone how you really march to a different drummer and they completely agreed and added that you were the free-est spirit they know. I wish you had been there to overhear it.

  7. corinne says:

    hey i really think is an awesome project. i would totally make something like this if i was an anatomy teacher or if i had some kind of disease and had to explain it to a child. your a genius no matter what the haters say.

    ps. the person matching to a different drummer is the best part of the show.

  8. Hannah says:

    My friend Helen dislocated her knee not long ago and we were greatly amused to find your plush knee. We want one!

    P.S. I feel kinda sorry for Theodore Dibiase – what weirdo doesn’t love such a cute plush knee? If I could make one, I would.

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