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Perfume Portrait #85 – Matilde Tomat

Head – Cotton, Cut Grass20190227_193729

Heart – Geranium, Dandelion

Body – Ylang Ylang, Patchouli

Description – A description of a calming, expansive landscape, this balanced fragrance elicits the capacity scent has for communication while connecting you to nature.

This perfume will be exhibited alongside 9 other perfume portraits at Lumen Crypt Gallery, London, from 4 – 7th April 2019


Perfume Portrait #83 – Geraint Roberts

Head – Apple, cut grass20190307_180705

Heart -Camphor, cypress

Body – Sandalwood, Musk

Description – Invigorating yet grounded, this fragrance is contains everything you need to comprehend an apple tree: A symbol that can change its meaning based on your experiences. The body is complemented by musk, a synthetic oil that references a human desire to find connections in life.  

This fragrance will be exhibited at Lumen Crypt Gallery, London, from 4th – 7th April 2019.


Exhibition Opportunity – Food Labels at the Ready!

EXHIBITION OPPORTUNITY. I am going to be in a group show in Athens in May as part of a group exhibition called Platforms.

In an effort to raise funds we are calling out to artists to exhibit small works to be part of the show. We are charging everyone £5, and your work must be made on a food or drinks label.

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‘Revolutin’ By Alan Dunn is an example of the kind of work we’ve received so far. 

Your work can be any subject and take any form, and must be presented unframed and unmounted. It must also fit within the frame of the label. You can basically do anything you want as long as you’ve used a food or drinks label as the surface of the work!

It can for sale (please keep it under 100 euros) and the deadline for entries is 10th April. If you want to be involved, let me know by contacting borkowskyart@gmail.com

Thank you!


Perfume Proficiency

I don’t tend to structure blog posts around specific perfume making workshops but my most recent workshop – delivered at Access Space just last Thursday – felt rather significant.

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It’s been almost two years to the day since embarking on Perfume as Practice. initially, I felt something of a chancer; equipped with nothing other that a desire to learn more about the craft of perfumery and how to apply it to contemporary art practice. Two years of persistence, experiments, empirical and scholarly research, however, and I feel armed with knowledge enough to deliver meaningful learning experience.

It’s very satisfying to see the fruits of my labour translated in this way, with feedback from the workshop consisting of people explicitly saying they feel they’ve learned something; I’d provided an alternative way of thinking and I’d highlighted scent as a viable mode of communication.

Feedback from previous workshops had been a little more vague, still positive, but consisting largely of general terms such as ‘fun’ and ‘different’. While I really appreciate any positive feedback, it’s nevertheless pleasing to see the weightier, conceptual side of Perfume as Practice emerge from workshop delivery.

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Scent and Colour

Utilising the craft of perfumery as a means to create portraiture has been at the heart of my creative practice and intentions for about 2 years now. While this will persist in 2017 I’m increasingly aware of the capacity perfume has to relate to other manners of creative practice. As such, I have developed a hunch; can scent communicate colour and as such, can perfumes be created that represent the colour spectrum?

Scent can certainly evoke colour; but the evocative qualities of scent have been readily explored and are open to subjection. Rather, the perfumes I wish to create must be a direct translation of colour – an objective tool that can be utilised by artists as a basis for instigating creative thought, processes and action. Essentially, the perfumes must directly correlate to the colour wheel; something fundamental and a reference to how artists apply, treat and understand perfume as a potential material.

Quite a conceptual premise, then – something of a critical appraisal of how scent and colour are intrinsically linked as tools for communication. And, as a means to act on my initial hunch here’s a bit of initial empirical research – 7 perfumes denoting the 7 colours of the colour spectrum:

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As ever, the aim is to speculate on a reality whereby scent is our means of communication in order to reveal alternative modes of communication, alternative ways of regarding perfume and an informed understanding of the potential of scent in our lives.


Perfume Portrait #38 – Kseniya Obremska

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Head – Mandarin

Heart – Pine, Jasmine

Body – Frankincense

Description – Highlighting the inherent joy of creativity. Jasmine is the perfect agent to creative action and is supported by the positive tones of Mandarin and pine. A perfect gift that reveals how creative action can forge connections.

This perfume was created by utilising the artist’s response to the question ‘why do make art?’ It is included in Perfume as Practice AW16 – an exhibition at Bank Street Arts, Sheffield comprising of 14 perfume portraits themed within the woody fragrance family. The exhibition runs from 30th November – 3rd December 2016 and includes an open evening featuring an artist’s talk on 3rd December, 6-8pm at Bank Street Arts itself.


Perfume Portrait #36 – Sharon Hall Shipp

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Head – Petitgrain

Heart – Pine

Body – Vetiver, Birch tar

Description – All encompassing, with depth and texture, this fragrance depicts the diversity and complexity of creative action by symbolising a vast forest.

This perfume was created by utilising the artist’s response to the question ‘why do make art?’ It is included in Perfume as Practice AW16 – an exhibition at Bank Street Arts, Sheffield comprising of 14 perfume portraits themed within the woody fragrance family. The exhibition runs from 30th November – 3rd December 2016 and includes an open evening featuring an artist’s talk on 3rd December, 6-8pm at Bank Street Arts itself.

 

 


Perfume Portrait #35 – John Wilkinson

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Head – Apple, Cut Grass

Heart – Pine

Body – Cedarwood

Description – Everything you need to comprehend an apple tree. Yet scratch away the surface and a fallacy is revealed – as synthetic fragrance oils have been used. This highlights the trials of communicating from industrial contexts.

This perfume was created by utilising the artist’s response to the question ‘why do make art?’ It is included in Perfume as Practice AW16 – an exhibition at Bank Street Arts, Sheffield comprising of 14 perfume portraits themed within the woody fragrance family. The exhibition runs from 30th November – 3rd December 2016 and includes an open evening featuring an artist’s talk on 3rd December, 6-8pm at Bank Street Arts itself.

 


Perfume Portrait #34 – Jeremiah A. Ray

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Head – Petitgrain, Apple

Heart – Cassia

Body – Vetiver

Description – precise and forensic, this fragrance presents elements of a tree and allows the wearer to construct their own sense of truth in relation to calculated creative action.

This perfume was created by utilising the artist’s response to the question ‘why do make art?’ It is included in Perfume as Practice AW16 – an exhibition at Bank Street Arts, Sheffield comprising of 14 perfume portraits themed within the woody fragrance family. The exhibition runs from 30th November – 3rd December 2016 and includes an open evening featuring an artist’s talk on 3rd December, 6-8pm at Bank Street Arts itself.

 


Perfume Portrait #33 – Leon Foxwings

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Head – Petitgrain

Heart – Cypress, Ginger

Body – Cedarwood

Description – A fragrance to remind you who you are, and with a potent humility. Cypress, ginger and petitgrain allude to mental clarity and confidence in your own identity. This is rooted by the crisp tones of cedarwood.

This perfume was created by utilising the artist’s response to the question ‘why do make art?’ It is included in Perfume as Practice AW16 – an exhibition at Bank Street Arts, Sheffield comprising of 14 perfume portraits themed within the woody fragrance family. The exhibition runs from 30th November – 3rd December 2016 and includes an open evening featuring an artist’s talk on 3rd December, 6-8pm at Bank Street Arts itself.