I am a cognitive neuroscientist by day and an artist by night. This website is about my art and educational outreach activities. For details about my academic research, please see – http://cogs.iitgn.ac.in/member/leslee-lazar/
My art is motivated by the visual language of the brain sciences; the amorphous landscape of thin slices of biological tissue seen under the microscope, the “pop” pseudo colours of brain scans, the painstaking stipples and hatches of woodcut illustrations in ancient textbooks, the bold typographical style of symbols, numbers and notations and the meandering reconstructions of neuronal morphologies. These forms are suffused with a multitude of meanings and expositions as dictated by the scientific discourse. In my art, I explore alternate meanings of these visual features, de-contextualized from their scientific paradigms. My art is either a reconfiguration or direct remapping of visual elements like anatomical images, scientific figures, charts, graphs, pictographs, brain scans etc to suggest radical new meanings. The resulting image/artistic representation can expand the scope of the originally intended meanings to include a wider gamut of phenomena to which science is covertly connected; the socio-political structures, class hierarchies, cognitive biases and history. I use a combination of techniques like digital and analog collages, woodcut printmaking, monoprints to explore these ideas at the intersection of science, art and culture. By altering the visual language of science, the message is subjected to an experiment, not dissimilar to the scientific process itself. This unpredictable process could either amplify, obfuscate or radically transform the message culminating in something either absurd or insightful.
I am an Assistant Teaching Professor at the Centre for Cognitive and Brain Science at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Gandhinagar, India, where my research interests include multisensory tactile perception, aesthetic perception and design creativity. I have a PhD in Neuroscience from National Brain Research Centre (India) and a post-doctoral research fellowship from Harvard Medical School (Boston, USA).