Some may find it repulsive. Others simply gimmicky. The artist went through a painstaking and time-consuming process to collect the essence of her sweat, tears and hair among other things. What makes this very interesting is that she collaborated with Yann Vasnier to recreate these essences in the form of a conceptual perfume. The original essences are on display while the recreated scents will be used to create an olfactory installation. The technology of perfume synthetics is used to recreate body smells closing the circle of perfume: while perfumes were originally created to mask body smells they are now capable of recreating them and allowing us to experience them in a clean, sterilised and controlled context.
I do not know what the artistic value of this is but I appreciate the collaboration of an artist, a perfumer and a couple of scientists to create a real piece of olfactory art.
If you are interested here is the link to the New York Times article Vain Glorious | Get a Whiff of This Girl – NYTimes.com and the link to the Callery site http://envoyenterprises.com/#current87
Image via the New York Times