Pascale Pollier. The eyes have it
ANATOMY & BEYOND
"The eyes have it"
Pascale’s work attempts to capture the point where art and science meld. An alchemist at heart, her work begins with observation and experimentation and is steeped in solid scientific research and findings. She studied fine art in Belgium, and subsequently a postgraduate training with the Medical Artists Association in London. She is co-founder and president of BIOMAB, she is curating and organising exhibitions, dissection drawing classes, collaborative art/science projects and conferences. In 2015 she became co-founder and president of ARSIC “Art Researches Science International Collaborations, an international collective where Art and Science become entangled. Read more about Pascele's work here.
Pascale is the curator of ANATOMY & BEYOND exhibition and symposium and her work "The eyes have it" is on display, integrated in the permanent exhibitions of anatomy museum.
"My work consists of a 3D printed skull, a copy of a Semigallian skull, the oldest specimen in the RSU Anatomy Museum in Riga", Pascale explains
Inside one of the orbits of the skull is an eye-sized Sputnik model and inside the window of this sputnik spaceship there is a little dog, representing Chernushka, a taxidermied dog-cosmonaut in the collection of Pauls Stradiņš Museum of History of Medicine in Riga.
In the other orbit there lurks a camera, which films and projects the reactions of the visitors of the exhibition. These reactions are projected on a screen which is positioned within the collection of skulls, thus the visitor becomes a part of the exhibition, and a part of history.
The exhibition ANATOMY & BEYOND will be on view at the Anatomy Museum until 31 January. The exhibition is curated by medical artist Pascale Pollier (Belgium/UK). The exhibition is a collaboration between AEIMS (Association Européenne des Illustrateurs Medicaux et Scientifiques), BIOMAB (Biological and Medical Art in Belgium), ARSIC (Art Researches Science international Collaborations) and MAA (The Medical Artists' Association of Great Britain). The project is supported by the Embassy of Belgium in Sweden and Latvia, the Flemish Government Representation in Poland and the Baltic States, the Vesalius Trust and the Honorary Consul of Belgium in Latvia Dr. Didzis Gavars.