Selections from Life Science, a project by scientist and photographer Eran Gilat.
Gilat on her work:
This is an attempt of mine to present a personal document of my individual experience in Medical Science research. The project is inspired by long lasting scientific confrontation with various biological specimens, while engaged in Physiological and Medical studies and my devotion to imaging. It is my personal expression and thoughts on the incredible complexity of the organism and its highly accomplished organs and aesthetics in general.
In “Life Science” I wish to offer an artistic expression that brings together observation on scientific research with an emphasize on preparation hierarchy and aesthetics.
Many life scientists experience during their career a hierarchical preparatory process, confronting, simple systems as well as more complicated ones to simplify extrapolation to human being applications.
It takes a while for a young clinician or a researcher to accommodate the laboratory or hospital scenes to enable good performance. This is done by extensive training; some cannot adjust to the visuals. I feel my photographic activity carries me to these regions too. I found myself during my studies engaged with these issues, and I believe I am dealing with the aesthetics of the scene, improvising various contexts, the tools and paraphernalia are not just the typical ones used in the operating place. “Life Science” is forcing the biological tissue into relatively pleasant, sometimes artificial Vanitas scenarios contemplating issues of materialism and mortality.
# The source of all specimens were meat markets and natural history exhibits.