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Vereinigung

Connie Watts

Harborview Medical Center

Animal figures speak to the harmony of life in this suspended sculpture.

© Connie Watts, Vereinigung, 1997, Birch plywood and hardwood dowels, Photo by Spike Mafford

This monumental sculpture is suspended in the lobby of Harborview Medical Center’s Ninth and Jefferson Building. Mixed-media artist and designer Connie Watts created it while recovering from a serious head injury caused by a car accident—its making was part of her healing process.

Three animal figures featured in Vereinigung reflect and inform the artist’s spirit: the wolf as hunter, the bear as protector, and the raven as trickster. In the Northwest Coast cultural tradition, totems are associated with clan; Watts integrated these animal figures with human forms to speak to the harmony of all life. She has also adapted tradition to create the intricate and multi-dimensional imagery using contemporary materials and methods that bring together “past and present, human and animals, space and body, real and abstract," she says.
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© 1997 Connie Watts, Vereinigung, birch plywood, hardwood dowels (detail). Photo courtesy of 4Culture.
Connie Watts, Vereinigung, 1997. Birch plywood, hardwood dowels.
© Connie Watts, Vereinigung, 1997, Birch plywood and hardwood dowels (detail), Photo by Spike Mafford
© Connie Watts, Vereinigung, 1997, Birch plywood and hardwood dowels, Photo by Spike Mafford
 
 
 
 

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Harborview Medical Center

For more than a century, Harborview Medical Center has functioned as a unique community and regional resource. It is a county hospital, a teaching and research institution, a regional trauma and burn center, and the primary health care provider for many low-income and disenfranchised people in the community. Harborview embraces its mission of treating everybody,…

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