Svetlana Gasanova | Interview

Svetlana Gasanova

Associate Research Scientist

Can you tell us few words about your academic background?

I studied chemistry at Saint-Petersburg State University focusing on physical chemistry. I obtained my PhD degree in Analytical chemistry at the University of Duisburg-Essen.

What about your research at the Cyprus Institute and STARC?

I joined STARC as a post-doc in 2014 and became Associate Research Scientist in 2019. My research focuses on material analysis of artefacts and works of art. In our lab, we prioritize non-invasive, non-destructive approach, which allows to study archaeological and art materials without taking samples. I study various materials: polychromed statues, terracottas, wall paintings, icons, easel paintings, various findings from archaeological sites etc. The analyses I perform are aimed at the identification of original materials, evaluation of the state of conservation, tracing the history of objects through the change of materials. Combined with the results of 3D, imaging, art-historical and archaeological analysis, the results of my studies help to answer such questions as provenance, authentication, period and artist attribution.

Do you think the advanced technological and scientific framework of CyI and STARC has enriched your research?

The multidisciplinary approach undertaken and prioritized by APAC is crucial for the successful research at the boundary “science-humanities”. The projects we carry out at APAC always involve specialists not only from different subjects, but also from different domains of knowledge. This aspect allows to easily exchange knowledge and broaden each other’s horizons. Working closely with the specialists in art-history and archaeology allows me to understand the actual research questions and find solutions to answer them through my scientific analysis. Such collaboration, interdisciplinary work is a very effective way to bridge the gap between the human and the natural sciences.