“The most fascinating and intricate of biological structures, yet we rarely pay heed to the organs inside our body. Regardless of whether we fill ourselves with toxins or nourishing food, whether we exercise or not — our organs sustain us, working away effortlessly and unnoticed,” says Carlow in a statement about the project.
“In a similar way, plants flourishing in the urban environment are a testament to nature’s indifference to our goings on. They grow out of the sides of buildings, in brick walls and between the cracks in concrete, despite of the traffic and pollution.”
Our organs are there with us at all times but because they are concealed, we take them for granted and rarely have cause to think of them, let alone visualise them. And when we arefaced with imagery of them it can cause us to recoil. But these beautiful depictions of the familiar shapes we know from science books are anything but repellent.
Constructed from beautiful plants and flowers, Carlow has taken one form of organism and used it to create the parts of another organism: the human.
Guatemalan-born artist based in Bristol, Carlow works in a range of mediums, including photography and cinematography, as well as painting and sculpture. Find out more about Carlow’s work at her website – or you can even purchase one of her botanical organs atEtsy.