Natasha Safavi Martin 50ml EDT
Head – Lemon, bergamot
Heart – Cypress, pine
Body – Dill, hyssop
Description – A display of how fragrance can contain narratives while evoking the feeling associated with a sense of place, this fragrance begins surrounded by fresh Italian fruits before journeying to the cypress fields of France and the mammoth pines of Finland. We wind up in Hungary, shrouded by the warming and accomplished qualities of hyssop and dill. An epic tale, for sure!
This perfume is one of fifteen housed at Bureau, Blackburn from 12th – 26th April as part of my solo exhibition, Perfume as Practice.
This Friday I embark, with other members of Soup Collective International (SCI), on a journey to Greece to be part of Platforms Project – a 5 day art fair in Athens.
Platforms Project will be a great opportunity to meet other artists, network, exchange knowledge and perhaps initiate collaborations on an international level. As such, I have ensured a great deal of care and consideration has been afforded to the making of the work I am taking – from concept to execution. Moreover, this is one of only a few arts events this year where my involvement in the overall organisation and running of it is minimal. This has afforded me time to ensure the aesthetics of my work are of high quality – a luxury I can’t always afford!
The work itself references my core creative concerns – chiefly that of utilising scent as a primary means of engagement and perfume as a viable art medium. It details a speculative Grand Tour of Europe that could be embarked on as a means to experience different fragrances. These fragrances are then encapsulated within 6 different ‘artefacts’ and placed on display revealed, experienced and assessed in relation to prior knowledge and cultural appropriation.
It intends to reveal the capacity scent has for metaphor, myth, history and narrative, and highlights how the experience of scent may alter and shift depending on any given location and its associated culture and heritage.
This piece was made specifically for Platforms Project and comprises of 6 different artefacts, which will all be teased online before the piece as a whole is revealed in Athens on Saturday. I can’t wait!
On Friday myself and Sharon Mossbeck hosted the open evening for UNITY – our open -call exhibition at Exchange Place Studios, Sheffield, that looks at the theme of Unity following Britain’s decision to leave the EU. We’re still amazed by the turnout, which was 132 people.
A reflection of our hard work? Well, maybe. But then we always put hard work into our exhibitions, and we’ve never had an opening quite like this. Perhaps UNITY offered more than simply an exhibition. It provided artists with a space to vent, to place their thoughts towards our divided nation onto a piece of work as a means of meditation, or reflection, or a means to comprehend or reinforce their position among the complexities leaving the EU represents. It instigated a process of healing, of re-building bridges and of finding connections between people and communities.
This was not only reflected in the work received but also in the visitors that attended. They too want to bear witness to how creative action can be a strong moral, social and political force. They too want to feel re-united following divisive political events, and understand that art has the capacity to do that.
In short, it’s an exhibition that people wanted and needed. It inspired those that don’t normally consider themselves artists to take action. It re-ignited passion and it provided people with the opportunity to express their thoughts with meaning and relevance directly applicable to current events.
It was certainly a meditative process for me personally. I feel – and I’m sure Sharon does too – that we have created a positive force for good.
UNITY is an exhibition celebrating togetherness following the recent EU referendum. The exhibition is a chance for people to come together in a positive way, and share their own interpretation of what unity means to them. It has been devised and curated by Michael Borkowsky and Sharon Mossbeck.
50 artists from around the UK have submitted work, making for an exciting and diverse exhibition. Refreshments available during the open evening and you will have the chance to meet many of the artists involved.
Other than the open evening, the exhibition runs from Thursday 18th August – Thursday 25th August 2016. Our opening times are: 10am – 4pm Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri; 11am – 4pm Thurs, Sat Sun
UNITY is an open-call exhibition devised and curated by myself and fellow artist Sharon Mossbeck. It uses art and creative action as a means to highlight the things that unite us and the things we have in common.
Unity runs from 18th – 25 August at Exchange Place Studios, Sheffield. An open-evening will run on Friday 19th August from 6-8pm. Refreshments are available and you will have a chance to meet several of the artists involved. All welcome.
My piece, simply entitled ‘First Aid’, is a re-imagining of the first aid kit. it’s contents are specifically designed to aid the healing process post-Brexit, which has divided a nation.
The first aid kit’s contents will promote recovery by provoking the inspiration, thought processes, and means of interpretation needed to instigate creativity and as such, help establish connections with other people and other communities. They will also prevent the divisive nature of Brexit from worsening by evoking shared memories, utilising aromatherapy and highlighting our collective history.
Here, I will share one of the First Aid Kit’s contents:
Unity First Aid Contents #1 – Smelling Salts. (lavender and sweet almond oil on cotton and rope)
An instant means of provoking inspiration, memory, thought and creative action.