Rossana Zaera: «The same intuition guides the artist and the scientist»
Philosopher and artist
|Jose Antonio Arias Centelles|
Rossana Zaera has grey hair, fair skin and deep eyes. However, her physical features are not her most characteristic trait, but the personality of her work. As a child she wanted to become a doctor, but later on she decided to study philosophy and has ended up being a visual artist. This evolution is clearly visible in her work. In fact, her latest exhibition is inspired by the central nervous system, but it is still a cry for hope. En el jardí de la neurobiologia (In the Garden of Neurobiology), which can be visited at the University of Valencia Cerveró Palace until Friday June 5, shows a treatise on anatomy full of sensitivity and accuracy. But it also shows a stay in room 450 at the Castellon General Hospital, where the artist had to spend many hours because of her son’s neurological disease. The transfer of these personal circumstances manages to create an intimate dimension and a special complicity between the author and the viewer. But above all, it manages to transmit that science and art still go hand in hand.
You dreamed of becoming a doctor, but after graduating in philosophy, you eventually opted for the visual arts. At first glance it is a big change, isn’t it?
«Ideally, we should all be able to see the world as a whole. Life is the same as an object of study, both for the scientist and for the poet»
Let us talk about your work, as the exploration of the human body is a constant in it. Why is that?
You say that as a child you were scared by Leo Testut’s Traité d´anatomie humaine. However, over the years, it became crucial for your life. What explains this change?
«My constant is the exploration of the shadows of the human being: suffering, illness, loneliness, death, and among them, the body as common ground»
«Over the years I realised that even if I were, I could not have been able to bring my father back to life. And there are other healing ways. Art is also therapeutic»
References to Leo Testut, Ramon y Cajal, and even Rachel Carson with butterflies … How was the documentation process?
«For me there are no boundaries between art and science. It is important to communicate, to connect with the other so that he/she becomes interested in what he/she is seeing, reading, listening to»
«The nervous system, and science in general, are still offering beautiful images that raise questions. That is beautiful and makes us progress»
How much art is there in research and how much research is there in art?
Emile Zola understood art as a way of expressing nature, creation. How do you understand it?
Teresa Ciges. Journalist and student of Master in History of Science and Science Communication. University of Valencia.
| Pepa Granados|
«Artists and scientists share the same moments of failure and success on their way to their ultimate goal: the production of knowledge. An art studio looks very much like a laboratory»