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.
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.
Culatto’s work and corresponding perfume portrait were exhibited at Centrespace Gallery, Bristol, in October 2019.
Yesterday marked the opening of Transitions – a group exhibition and pop-up shop at Exchange Place Studios, Sheffield, that looks at creative processes.
As creative processes can be approached, considered and acted upon in almost countless ways, it stands to reason that the exhibition is very diverse with a wide range of disciplines accounted for. Each artist has offered a window into their processes which enables discussion, illumination and agency while also highlighting the array of skills and talents housed at Exchange Place Studios.
And my own work, which places the craft of perfumery in the context of a museum artifact, also seems well received. Exposing the process of perfume making with such transparency communicates the possibilities of fragrance in an open and direct way. Enabling an informed and frank understanding of the process which maintains the spirit of the exhibition.
You can catch Transitions from now until 10th May at Exchange Place Studios, Sheffield.
Yesterday I held a perfume making workshop at Bank Street Arts which gave the participants the chance to make their own fragrance and gave a sneak peek (or a sneak sniff) of some of the perfumes that will be on display for my upcoming exhibition.
Within a formal and relaxed atmosphere I talked a little about my approach to perfumery and how it can be a platform for portraiture. I then gave a demonstration of the perfume making process before overseeing participants make scents of their own.
I don’t claim to be a perfume making expert but one string to my bow which separates me from conventional perfumers is the freedom of experimentation and failure. It doesn’t matter if I make a bit of a hash of a fragrance, because it’s a learning process. And it doesn’t necessarily matter if a fragrance smells nice, because my approach seeks to place perfumery within a fine art context. I think this translates into a pertinent learning experience, which seems to have inspired, and made people think about the possibilities of scent and the implications of finding alternative functions of a pre-conceived product.
All in all, this workshop was a great way to talk about perfume from the context of fine art and I’ll be running drop-in workshops during my exhibition.