May has been a rather busy and productive month, as no doubt evidenced by my distinct lack of blogging. In between making perfumes for exhibitions, running workshops and playing with audio/visual equipment I’ve seldom had the time to sit, think and reflect. But guess what? Now is that time. So let’s have it. The beginning of May saw me stage a group exhibition with arts collective Oracles, who focus of themes of loss, history and religion. The exhibition was staged at Halifax
Last weekend I was part of a group exhibition at the Old Holy Trinity Church, Wentworth called ‘Measure’ – which looks at the human soul. My own offering was a scented narrative that suggests you can weigh your soul against the virtues of your job. This is the second outing of this particular body of work, with the first being at Sheffield Cathedral last year. I found that the informal yet contemplative space of Old Trinity Church lent itself more to audience engagement. this
Perfume as Practice SS18 – my 5th solo show about perfume and it’s capacity for portraiture, is now open at Bureau Centre for the Arts, Blackburn. The exhibition houses 15 perfume portraits, which will each be documented on this website in the coming weeks. It also houses visual material and other scented experiences that enhance and contextualise the perfumes on display. In the spirit of devising themed collections, Perfume as Practice draws upon saints in order to categoris
Lost within the expanse of the sea; maddened flesh now carrion and hands clenched to the last of my sanity. Yet a light emerges and, consumed with hope, I travel towards it.
What I find is not light, but fire and smoke pouring from the doors of Leviathan’s mouth. A creature formidable in both strength and grace. Nothing on earth could be it’s equal; without fear, without weakness.Yet it spoke to me with gentle words and in its glistening wake the sea became a pot of ointment.
My own contribution to FUSE seeks to expand my Perfume as Practice Project into new avenues of investigation. St Gabrielle’s Shrine fuses fragrance with contemporary art and religion, this portrait of Coco Chanel (born Gabrielle Chanel) reveals a fragile and superstitious young woman navigating her way through the fragrance industry in an attempt to innovate and capture the spirit of the day. Present are several references to the number 5 – which, she claimed, was a source of
Exchange Place Studios – the space where I share a studio with Sharon Mossbeck – is hosting an exhibition from 29th April – 10th in parallel with Open Up Sheffield. The exhibition brings together Exchange Place artists of varying styles and disciplines, all working towards one common theme – ‘The Beast Within’ This theme opens up various means of interpretation. As such, I intend to use it as a chance to show brand new work and to use a new creative medium – the humble scente
Behold, my first attempt at a scented candle! Not bad eh? But why?! I hear you ask. Well, as well as it being a notable use for fragrance oils – which I have in abundance due to my perfumery pursuits – I am seeking to initiate and develop a new strand of work, which will re-purpose church spaces in an attempt to re-align art to religion. My work tends to offer many layers of engagement whist also seeming relativity subtle- a studio space that isn’t actually a studio space; a