In today’s society we do everything we can to mask the natural scent of our bodies, thus forgoing an ancient form of animal communication. I wanted to isolate these primal human essences and deliver them in an environment devoid of other sensual distractions. The piece represents the true essence of a woman – free of visual prejudice.
- Martynka Wawrzyniak
On view through November 18th, Smell Me is the final result of a year-long process the artist underwent to capture her own aromatic essence. Challenging the concept of self-portraiture, Wawrzyniak collaborated with Hunter College’s chemistry department on rigorous evaporation techniques to adequately collect small extracts of her hair, sweat, and tears. The finished blend resulted in a compressed sample which was then replicated with the help of Givaudan nose Yann Vasnier and 12.29’s Dawn Goldworm.