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Olfactory Art Installation

November 20, 2017



I am pleased to share that I will be part of a group exhibition that opens at the Crypt Gallery in London this Friday, the 24th of November.  My work for the show is based on stacks of stones that I noticed at temples when I was in Kyoto last summer for an artist residency.  I was curious about the ritual behind the stacks. Through my research I found that in the Buddhist faith, the act of stacking stones is sometimes regarded as a form of worship, while other times it is a request for good fortune, whereby each stone represents a specific wish.  The practice is believed to increase awareness, balance, and concentration.  My piece is an installation of hand-made white clay stones imbued with the scent of moss, a plant that is prevalent and sometimes deemed sacred in Kyoto.  My aim is that the visual simplicity of the white stones, combined with the evocative scent, will create a space of tranquillity for the audience to enter.


If you are in London on Friday please feel free to come to the Private View from 6-9pm at the Crypt Gallery on Euston Road:



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About Perfume Pervert

Perfume Pervert is run by Michelle von Mandel.  Michelle is an Olfactory Artist currently living and working in London.  She has a BA from New York University in Art and Acting and an MA from Central Saint Martins in Art & Science.  Michelle has a great appreciation of all things smelly and a continued interest in making work that explores different aspects of the sense of smell.

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