Sunday, 4 March 2012

Brain Block

“Working with the sense of smell is probably the hardest material, because it is very subjective and it changes from person to person,” - Yasmil Raymond, Curator at Dia Art Foundation.

Thursday, 16 February 2012

This Mink Coat Debate


So my Grandma left me a Mink Coat. It's from the 70's, and whereas I do not condone killing animals for their fur in the present, I feel like this was a long time ago and it would be a great shame and waste to destroy this coat.

It's warm and looks nice on me. But I can't wear it. I would be shouted at by my peers (possibly even the public) and yes, it's slightly uncomfortable walking around with dead skin wrapped around me to make me look good and feel warm.

It's worth hundreds of pounds. But I can't sell it. The presence of my grandma that this coat brings me is too great to give up.

So the question is. What do I do with it? It is wasted behind the doors of a wardrobe. Even with this awkward debate, it already has so much to give. This coat is one big debate and I intend to display this. Somewhere and somehow.



Making Tracks at LCC



So second time round, Helen and I were once again very pleased to learn our film had been picked to showcase the best in Making Tracks so far, as part of a student film night at LCC. Our film Inescapable Journey, was shown once again with a live score by The Cabinet Of Living Cinema, who had this time even added a little more foley into it, complete with sniffing sounds!
The atmosphere was somewhat more relaxed than the last which was just as nice for us to be able to sit on sofas and enjoy films we hadn't had the chance to see before. Thanks LCC and Making Tracks!

Our film at Making Tracks





On 14th Jan 2012 fellow artist Helen Nias and I were honoured to have our film picked and screened at Richmix in Shoreditch as part of Whirlygig Cinema's, Making Tracks as part of the International Student Film Festival London 2012. These short film screenings provide an incredible platform for artists and filmmakers to showcase their work to an audience of like-minded people with the most exciting part (personally) being their collaboration with The Cabinet of Living Cinema. This group of musicians and artists work their talent and magic to produce live scores to the chosen films on stage. Eradicating this boundary between the audience and the soundtracks they would usually hear though speakers, they are able to bring every sound effect, guitarpiece and sound wave right in front of us, making it even easier to get swept up in the feelings they are evoking. It's wonderful stuff.

The film itself gave Helen and I a chance to collaborate on two of our main areas of interest when questioning the world and producing art.

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Lush Spa Kingston Perfume Event

A special event including three friends I had met through University, who happen to be incredibly good illustrators. (Oh and not forgetting animators :) )
Tying in with the concepts for the fragrances, we wanted to create a visual for the public to gaze at and turn our shop window into a mural.






Lushfest and Gorilla Perfumes trail.....

This mini 'trail' we set up at the festival for each perfume had to mimic the fragrance in some way or at least be inspired by the concept to evoke emotions, narrative and provide a new perspective for our UK and International managers to learn and love our fragrance range.

Teamed up with Tina, one of our UK Trainers, we wore floaty dresses and sat in the sun on hay bails surrounded by apples whilst displaying a copy of Cider with Rosie (partly a form of inspiration for our perfumer).We informed people about the use of the ingredients that allows the personality of this fragrance to shine through.



Wednesday, 4 January 2012

The Smell of 2011....

What an incredible year 2011 had been for experiencing scents.
First I had become an area manager for Gorilla Perfumes, which involves constantly being immersed in the fragrances complex compositions, as we must experience them first hand of course!
Then there was the archaic (which is a bit of an understatement) experience of Dennis Severs house in Shoreditch. A house since the 18th century that has been kept as true as possible to the days it was occupied. Dennis Sever himself, has in fact set up an experience for the public who wish to immerse themselves, by constantly keeping the house in a state in which it would appear it is still inhabited, complete with that creepy presence. But most striking of all is the constant amalgamation of scents screaming and floating through the house. Downstairs you breathe in the smoky heat of the fire, and further upstairs exotic teas are still steaming in their elegant china cups, but most imposing and disturbing, is the constant smell of must and 18th century filth that lingers through the cold neglected parts of the house. It will cling to your nostrils, and like watching a thriller it will haunt you for hours, possibly days, afterwards.


My favourite person for portraits...





Benjamin Jackson is a good friend and an even better musician. In the past he has often asked to collaborate with me to produce visuals for his releases, and my personal favourite being this one that Ben designed himself through postproduction.
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Listen to his music you wont regret it.





Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Morning Feet





So using my new found love of soaking objects within strong odorous liquids and using the slow heat of a light to emit the scent, I decided to use this as a way to test perceptions with contrasting smells and visuals.
This involved wearing socks all night and soaking them in coffee in the morning. Seeing the steam being created from the garment was the most satisfying part...I was able to see the scent drifting from the material, into the air. I could see scent....This was exciting. I did feel sorry for anyone who entered the room though....oh well.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

The Smell of 500 Seconds








Wanting to create a performance that allowed an audience to experience a scent first hand.
Striking a match and leaving it to burn for 5 seconds 100 times.
For people who were in the presence of the performance, there was a creeping scent of sulphur that slowly surrounded them, which I heard for many was a pleasurable scent to come into contact with. I can imagine for many this is a thing of nostalgia.
What got me thinking about this piece was the audience witnessing the production of the scent, not necessarily the aspect of them connecting visuals with the scent, but their presence as it was happening .....

Coming to an end with my Masters...






Whereas this happened 8 months ago now I guess I had better update where I finished.....and where I intend to carry on....This, of course, is easier said than done.

Right at the beginning of the year I still wanted to experiment with this process of attempting to capture human scent, whilst being exposed to different objects. Though this was a rather crass method for what I was trying to achieve, it definitely got me thinking....

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Lads.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2011/oct/09/laurel-nakadate-video-performance-artist
"He just saw a girl who would potentially take her clothes off! I have folders of emails from guys like him; I thought about turning them into a piece, but I'd have to get releases signed. And I can't imagine some guy agreeing to be the dip-shit in my artwork."

LAUREL NAKADATE considers a project from emails she receives from a male assuming she is willing to perform sexually from him. As well as being hilarious, it proves the struggles artists face when it comes to participation and exchange within their work, and whether the decision is ethical or not.

In this case if it wasn't for the release forms, I personally would have just gone full steam ahead. Gutted.

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

I can no longer be serious

....so here is an update. Here's some things we already knew, but it sets the tone for the rest of this blog....the video is also funny due to it being very similar to an idea I had. Enjoy. See you soon.
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21128301.800-the-unsung-sense-how-smell-rules-your-life.html

Thursday, 2 December 2010


Testing heating liquids up to disperse the odor into the air.
Thick oils seemed to work best for pungent odor.

Thursday, 25 November 2010



video

By confining myself so a stripped down studio environment, I wrapped myself in as much bandage as possible, followed by a layer of cling film to make sure there was sweat.

Whilst being bound, I listened to a piece of music that I deem, personally, to be emotional from a slightly melancholic angle.

This was filmed for me, and photograhic documentation was also taken. However, this video itself poses many problems.
The problematic subject of the documentation keeps occurring within my work. This piece for example runs the risk of being interpreted in ways not suitable for the subject I would like to communicate.
The female form, being bound and sexual issues can be associated with these kind of images, along with the documentation instantly being mediated by the music that i used for the performance.

It starts to become apparent that the documentation of my work can be problematic.
It may be that it is necessary for my work to be live performance.