Objectifying scent is fast becoming a popular pursuit for artistically-minded followers of fragrance. The latest example comes from London-based perfume-makers Laboratory Perfumes, who invited the artist Zuza Mengham to represent their five unisex scents in physical form. Seven kilograms of resin make up each of the infinitely Instagrammable, multi-faceted sculptures which were her answer to the call.
Mengham, whose work treads a line between art and design, typically likes to challenge functionality, by putting her exploration of materials and traditional craft techniques first. Her art often look like pieces of design but have limited use, with metal and resin being among her favored materials. Her experiments with resin have resulted in a line of jewellery, one area in which abstract sculpture can easily acquire a function, and now this experimental visualisation of olfactory art, which remains resolutely abstract.
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Flowers, herbs, aromatic botanicals, nature and irrepressible curiosity are the springboard for Laboratory Perfumes’ creations and provided the muse for the unique sculptures.