eye heart spleen


Camila Carlow’s Eye Heart Spleen

When we look at human organs, sometimes their imagery can be off-putting (though fascinating!) but artist Camila Carlow uses our organs, at least pictures of them, to create her intricate Eye Heart Spleen series; human organs made from foraged plants.

The artist combines different plants, such as flowers and leaves, already themselves unique living organisms, to create one piece, one organ, of another living organism; the human. It is interesting to look at her series in regards to the place of humans in the world; how we pick flowers, tear down trees and stomp around in the grass, only to then have our bodies be consumed by the earth, covered by flowers, trees and grass. The plants sustain us, as either food or helping to create oxygen, just like our organs, and just like plants, we sometimes too forget to take care of our organs. As the artist states, “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”. Both plants and organs are delicate structures, and both need to be taken care of, in order for them to take care of us.

To learn more about Camila Carlow’s work, you can visit her website, or if you would like to purchase one of her prints, they are available on Etsy.

-Anna Paluch


This intricate project combines flora to fauna. This delicate series of sculpted plants is part of a project by artist Camila Carlow titled ‘Eye Heart Spleen’. Her photographic project consists of 13 images representing human organs constructed from plants and flowers. In Carlow’s statement about the project she says how ‘plants flourishing in the urban environment are a testament to nature’s indifference to our goings on’. The human biological structure, Carlow continues, works away effortlessly – unnoticed.

Carlow’s aestheticisms of human internal organs, which are often gruesomely rendered, marries the two sides of natural world.

Her ‘Eye Heart Spleen’ series are available as prints in her shop. www.etsy.com/uk/shop/EyeHeartSpleen


OperArt [work 242]  - Opera di Camila Carlow (Guatemala)

“Questa delicata serie di piante scolpite fa parte di un progetto dell’artista Camila Carlow intitolato “Eye Heart Spleen” (Occhio, cuore, milza). Il progetto fotografico è composto da 13 immagini che rappresentano organi umani costruiti con piante e fiori.”

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