Perfume as Practice AW16 housed 14 unique and varied perfume portraits at Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, from 22nd November – 3rd December 2016. In an attempt to describe the common threads that emerge when investigating each artists’ response to the question ‘Why do you make art?’ all perfumes were themed under the guise of a woodland collection.
Each bottle, clean, un-embellished and transparent, comprised 48ml sweet almond oil and 30 drops of essential or fragrance oil. A scented narrative was attempted, with perfumes positioned in a way that allowed each fragrance to speak for itself:
Visual elements further described the common threads between artists’ personas and were used to enhance the exhibition.
Many thanks to the 14 artists that offered me a response to the question ‘Why do you make art?’ You can find descriptions of each individual perfume portrait here: