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Eran Gilet's images tell with strong artistic expression and articulation of scientific observations, capturing an eerie beauty in unfamiliar and disturbing scenarios thus all at once comforting the viewer and leading them out of their comfort zone. .
By laying bare a reality of life strange and distant to most of us, he allows the viewer to question both our very own mortality and in general the fragile essence of existence without pushing us into an existential crisis due to the ethereal and graceful aesthetic framework in his imagery which keeps us grounded and remind us of the normality of life.
I am a Neuroscientist and an avid Art Photographer.
My research focused 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 employment 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).
- Eran Gilat