Olfactus I, II, III, 2008, hand made hibiscus paper, kozo paper, Jarrah frame and other things, 3 panels, 134 x 67 cm each
Photography by Jane Allen
What inspired me to work on the subject of perfume is the non literal approach to the theme of the whale and perfume. By this I mean the extraordinary process of transformation from a sea creature to a sensorial art form, a botanical bouquet where the sea meets the land. Each paper jar is made from hibiscus fibre, a very evocative flower due to its shape and the tropical exoticism idea of its origins. In each jar there is an abstract representation of nature, a wearable scented garden, exotic, tropical and sensual. Each jar is a unique floral composition, an imaginary bouquet of imaginary flowers inspired by nature, like a palette of an artist, to compose a perfume. The 3 frames are made of Jarrah timber, a reminder of the perfume cabinet.