The Pullens’ Yards Open Studios – mine is in Clements Yard – are on over the weekend of the 12th, 13th and 14th of June. The yards are also part of the Open Garden Squares weekend on the 13th and 14th of June. “Clements Yard, the smallest of the three, is bedecked with wisteria and fragrant flowers used in perfumery.” Come along and enjoy the green urban vibes, visit the studios, have a bite, have a sip … and maybe buy a little something.
I have collaborated with Grace Adam to incorporate a ‘smell’ element in to her current exhibition, Modes of Remembrance: The Act and Art of Remembering. My contribution has been to design a perfume to create an olfactory mode to surround the space, in particular the piece ‘One Hundred Hassocks.’
The exhibition is at St. Giles-in-the-Fields church, 60 St. Giles High St, London, WC2H 8LG until the 31st of October.
Here is my written context to the art work – but until digital devices exude smells you’ll have to visit to experience.
“The process of olfaction is hard-wired in our brain and is a direct route to a swift and unconscious response – it is not possible to control your reaction – through the automatic act of breathing we inhale odorant molecules.
So if odour is a forceful prompt for our own memory, can previously unexperienced smells transport you to previously unexperienced places?
This intervention invites the observer to consider where this scent takes your mind – do you go to another place, a different time or a particular event?
Does the scent enhance the visual cues – can you detect the turpentine of the engraving studio, the cold metallic tang of the etching plates, the hard urban surfaces of London? Or is it perhaps the aromatic and citrus scent of eau de cologne? As William Thornbury noticed in the nineteenth century “… Soho can boast of fully as many smells as Cologne.”
In our predominantly visual culture can the invisible dimension of aroma strengthen the experience?”