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Perfume Portrait #123 – Liz Griffiths

Liz Griffiths 50ml EDT

Head – Peppermint, Bitter orange

Heart – Spike lavender

Body –  Chamomile

Description – Formulated to release your throat charka; this light, fresh fragrance describes how creative action acts as a voice.

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Griffith’s drawing, Untitled, was made on a bus journey, allowing the motion of the bus to guide the pen; it is part of a larger series made mostly in London, this one was made in Cornwall. Using this process, Griffiths is exploring ideas of authorship.

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Griffiths’s work and corresponding perfume portrait were exhibited at Centrespace Gallery, Bristol, in October 2019.


Perfume Portrait #122 – Stig Evans

Stig Evans 50ml EDT

Head – Tea Tree, Clary Sage

Heart –  Dandelion

Body – Patchouli, Honey

Description –  A picture of alchemy, here the act of attempting to achieve Magnum Opus may or may not result in perfumery.

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Evans’s Ferry is a Digitally manipulated photograph.

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Evans’s work and corresponding perfume portrait were exhibited at Centrespace Gallery, Bristol, in October 2019.


Perfume Portrait #121 – Andrea Freeman

Andrea Freeman 50ml EDT

Head – Lemongrass, spearmint

Heart – Juniper berry, black pepper

Body – Rosewood, amber

Description –  Through intense mints and amber his fragrance references ‘Horme’ – a Greek spirit representing impulsive activity – while adhering to an authentic woody fragrance design.

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Of her photograph Past Present, Future, Freeman states: ‘Travelling in a plane or train or car, I feel stationary in the present, even though I am moving, whilst the world passes by me, sometimes fast, sometimes slowly. My destination, the future is unknowable, obscured, whilst the past is reflected in the wing mirror. Past, present and future, time and space confusion – as a voyage.’

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Freeman’s work and corresponding perfume portrait were exhibited at Centrespace Gallery, Bristol, in October 2019.


Perfume Portrait #120 – Marisa Culatto

Marisa Culatto 50ml EDT

Head – Rosemary, Peppermint

Heart – Marjoram

Body – Mulled wine, Frankincense

Description – An ode to Hungary Water; the first known European perfume making process which still informs our understanding of the workings of scent.

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Culatto’s Honest Landscape 2 was taken on a road from within the car. Thus it depicts a journey. It does so literally, but also conceptually as part of a series of photographs put through an established process that sees original images reworked, printed with a faulty home printer (which distorts colours), manually crumpled, and re-photographed again. This highlights how process driven work places the artist on a personal journey as well as the literal journey portrayed in the subject matter.

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Culatto’s work and corresponding perfume portrait were exhibited at Centrespace Gallery, Bristol, in October 2019.


Perfume Portrait #119 – Catherine Higham

Catherine Higham 50ml EDT

Head – Fresh linen

Heart – Geranium, Indian geranium, Rose geranium, Rose

Body – Ylang ylang

Description – Referencing an essential oil discovery set, this fragrance acts as a test bed for floral fragrances, offset by a clean, neutral top note. Perfect for discovering preferences and nuances.

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Higham’s painting Horizon is concerned with the materials and processes of landscape; both natural and fabricated.

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Higham’s work and corresponding perfume portrait were exhibited at Centrespace Gallery, Bristol, in October 2019.


Perfume Portrait #118 – Agatha Smith

Agatha Smith 50ml EDT

Head – Mandarin

Heart –  Rose, Clove

Body –  Ylang Ylang, Cumin seed

Description –  At first glance this fragrance references a traditional, deliberate floral design. However, hints of spice add personality and exploration that allow it to break its own monotony.

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177 Woolwich to Peckham is the first piece from Smith’s Pocket Drawing series. Her most recent work is focused around the realisation that everyone in the world is living a life just as complex as our own, populated by their own repetitive, chaotic routines and inevitable daily journeys.

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Smith’s work and corresponding perfume portrait were exhibited at Centrespace Gallery, Bristol, in October 2019.


Perfume Portrait #117 – Myfanwy Williams

Myfanwy Williams 50ml EDT

Head – Cut grass, Cotton

Heart – Spike lavender, Sea salt

Body – Driftwood, Musk

Description – Embracing all manner of the outdoors as a vehicle for balance, harmony and therapy. This fragrance drives a sense of adventure.

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Journey is one of a series of paintings which deal with Williams’s childhood journeying by sea, travelling from one land to another, and appreciating the different ways of life, from the spices of Zanzibar to the engineering feat of the Suez Canal.

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Williams’s work and corresponding perfume portrait were exhibited at Centrespace Gallery, Bristol, in October 2019.


Perfume Portrait #116 – Jenna Fox

Jenna Fox 50ml EDT

Head –  Tangerine, Ravensara

Heart – Geranium,

Body – Sandalwood, Ho leaf

Description – Here domestic fragrances are offset by exotic fragrances to elicit an unnerving mystery at once familiar and alien.

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Fox’s Making a Run for It depicts a quintessential English cup and saucer that has grown chicken feet and is making a run for it as the start of a new adventure and voyage into the unknown. This work highlights Fox’s overarching concerns regarding how our homes affect us and our psychological state and reflect our inner psyche.

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Fox’s work and corresponding perfume portrait were exhibited at Centrespace Gallery, Bristol, in October 2019.


Perfume Portrait #115 – Robert Verrill

Robert Verrill  50ml EDT

Head – Pomegranate

Heart – Black pepper, ginger

Body – Benzoin, myrrh

Description – A provocative and thoughtful fragrance that references Pliny the Elder and his Naturalis Historia, which was critical and challenging of the frivolity of perfume.

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Verrill’s To The World with Love references travel and voyages in several ways. It is made from found materials which themselves speak of travel and journeys: corrugated cardboard from a box that would have carried some consumable product around the world; plastic binding and string which would have bound a box or container or bundle of items in transit. These materials have been on one more voyage of transformation – the cardboard soaked, perforated and rebound with the plastic binding and string to re-emerge at the destination in the form of a utilitarian, improvised handbag and strap that carries a message of hope around the world for our deliverance from environmental catastrophe.

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Verrill’s work and corresponding perfume portrait were exhibited at Centrespace Gallery, Bristol, in October 2019.


Perfume Portrait #114 – Heather Fiona Martin

Heather Fiona Martin 50ml EDT

Head – Green Apple, Mandarin

Heart – Moss, Fir needle

Body –  Sandalwood, Patchouli

Description – Inspired by symbiotic relationships, and narratives found in nature, this concoction of earths and woods is at once balanced and chaotic.

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Martin’s Here be Dragons explores the depths of the deep seas and the life within remain unexplored; microscopic creatures at once beautiful and threatening. Here somehow similar but completely different pathogens causing disease both harmless and fatal.

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Martin’s work and corresponding perfume portrait were exhibited at Centrespace Gallery, Bristol, in October 2019.