Under the Microscope: Making the Invisible Visible

Making the invisible visible: exploring the complexities of the heart.

As part of the collaboration with the cardiovascular team, Sofie devised and delivered a series of workshops for young people with congenital heart disease, exploring the uniqueness of their disease. She attended cardiac transition clinics, observing young people being shown 3D printed models of their hearts as a way of understanding their condition. Sofie also worked with parents and patients on the cardiac ward, including children supported with a Berlin Heart© waiting to receive heart transplant.

The artworks, with 3D printed medical models and imagery exploring the complexities of illness and disease connected to the heart, developed from trans-disciplinary conversations with Bioengineer Dr Giovanni Biglino, research member of the cardiovascular imaging team.

Textile panels, silk-screen prints - Anatomy, Conditions, Narratives, Medications and Techniques & Devices - represent the landscape of heart disease and its language. Inspired by working with 3D models of the heart created from MRI scans.

Under the Microscope was created in partnership with GO Create! and the National Institute of Health Research Great Ormond Street Biomedical Research Centre (NIHR GOSH BRC).

The project is kindly funded by the Wellcome Trust, NIHR GOSH BRC, Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity and the Blavatnik Family Foundation.