Untitled from
© 2013 Eran Gilat

    • Title: Untitled from "Life Science" series
    • Artist: Eran Gilat
    • From: Rehovot, Israel

    • e-mail: eran.gilat1@gmail.com
    • Website: www.erangilat.com

    Artist Statement

    "I am a Neuroscientist and an avid Art Photographer. My research focuses on the study of the mechanisms underlying epilepsy, and the development of innovative cure for this illness. In recent years I found myself directing most of my attention and energy to still life photography of biological specimens, highly inspired by my long lasting confrontation with biological tissues and natural fauna. 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. My photographic activity deals with the aesthetics of the scene, improvising various contexts, the tools and paraphernalia shown are not just the typical ones used in the operating place. My "Life Science” project is forcing the biological tissue into a relatively pleasant, sometimes artificial scenarios contemplating issues of materialism, erotica and mortality, corresponding with the complicated and intriguing category of “Animal reminder” in the visual arts. I feel my work engages also various toning of violence. We tend to describe violent humankind behavior as an animal like beastly revolting one, associated with animal violent behavior. But the animal world is dictated purely by survival rules due to inexorable, harsh selection process. No one will consider the abandoning of the essentials measures for the preservation of the species as cruel ones; this was previously emphasized by Charles Darwin and recent eminent scholars. I believe in many aspects we are inferior to the animal world moral conduct, while being superior in our intellectual competence."

    All specimens are derived from Natural History Collections
    The project still life images were taken with the Nikon D3s or the Mamiya-Leaf (ISO 200, 14/320)