Blood Vessels

The ‘blood vessels’ series offer a compelling range of emotional insights into some of the anatomical structures, connections and associations of human blood vessels, veins and arteries. Inspired and informed by new forms of medical imaging and the conventions of historic illustrations,this intricate and colourful series of glass sculptures infuse the supposed neutrality of scientific ’illustration’ with highly emotive content.

Exploiting some of the expanding properties of red and blue ‘toluene’ (used in thermometers) , the capillary action of finely drawn glass, and  the ‘ready made’ functions of laboratory glassware, Murphy has created series of elaborate forms that investigate a variety of cultural and linguistic associations, functions and flows of blood.

Working in consultation with medical specialists – and supported master scientific glass blower Raymond Tribe (Chemglass Ltd), Charlie’s ongoing  series of  artworks are inspired by blood flow – from intricate molecular forms to larger than life structures.

Incorporating specialist lighting and a variety of medical and scientific apparatus, her  dramatic   installations  offer a powerful sense of connection with the myriad depths and flows of this very expressive, vital life fluid.

Charlie’s blood anatomy inspired work also features on  international educational  platform The Blood Project improving medical knowledge about blood’s connection to human health, disease, and therapeutics

Blood Vessel Glass Sculpture Series

You can hear her talking about the inspirations for this work in this podcast

Glass-Sculpted Blood Vessels and Other Art-Science Experiments