Still Life (after Ernst Haeckel), JS Gauthier, 2017
To make this 3D rendered image of the earliest stages of zebrafish development, from the first hours after fertilization to adulthood, a scientist (Dr Brian F. Eames) and an artist (J-S Gauthier) teamed up to create a series of ultra-high-resolution X-ray scans. It took them over a year to create this work. It was the first time ever that an artist and scientist were permitted to use a synchrotron (the Canadian Light Source in Saskatoon) to create experimental art. Still Life is an homage to the art of Ernst Haeckel (1834-1919). 

Jean-Sébastien Gauthier, Still Life (after Ernst Haeckel), 2017, digital rendering from synchrotron X-ray microtomography of adult zebrafish and zebrafish embryos, excerpts from “Within Measure,” a collaboration with Brian F Eames, PhD, 24” x 36”.

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