One To Follow: Camila Carlow

Posted by on Jul 10, 2014 in Art History, Front Page Featured, London, One To Follow

eye, heart, spleen…


Camila Carlow is a lady with a niche interest. Born in Guatemala, she now resides in Bristol, England and has a knack for sculpting human organs from foraged flora. The forms she creates are both colourful, and beautiful; paying homage to the inner workings that we often forget exist, but are imperative to our survival.


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.

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


I think her depiction of lungs is probably one of my favourites. The matter she chose to create these fragile organs from gives them a sense of airiness, emulating the job that they are meant to perform. Her use of line and colour draw the eye along the main arteries and down into the lobes as if drawing breath. They are shown as complicated masses, just as they are in reality.


This whimsical depiction of perhaps one of our most gruesome looking organs is incredible. All of the main elements are represented including the spinal cord and a separation of the lobes.

Check out Carlow’s site, including her own blog, here, and she has an etsy shop with prints available here. These would make a great addition to a clinic or office!