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The Meningioma Testament

Lori Sponagle & Theresa Degenhard

Wool/Polyester backing merino wool felting, Polyester with cotton embroidery, purchased slippers. 2.0 m h x 1.5 m w x 0.45 m d 

The felted backdrop echoes the tissue composition found within

meningioma tumours, while the empty chemotherapy caps and bedroom slippers honour the patients who have donated their tumours to science.

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A collaboration between fibre artist Lori Sponagle and neuroscientist Theresa Degenhard, The Meningioma Testament explores ongoing medical research to find a cure for meningioma, the most common adult brain cancer.

 

As the Covid19 pandemic displaces cancer patients from much-needed hospital resources, cancer continues to kill.

 

But the research continues. Bioinformatic approaches and immunohistochemical staining techniques allow scientists to study the diversity of cancer and its complex interactions with the surrounding immune cells. The felted backdrop echoes the tissue composition found within meningioma tumours, while the empty chemotherapy caps and bedroom slippers honour the patients who have donated their tumours to science.

 

Each chemotherapy cap displays the single-cell transcriptomic result of a patient’s individual tumour, with the common genomic sequence highlighted in yellow. Yellow is hope, hope for a cure for a deadly disease.

- Lori Sponagle & Theresa Degenhard

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