Dialogue of the senses between sculpture and perfumery
Translating sensations into smell is a very difficult task. And when these are from someone other than yourself, this is a balancing act. Put one's own feelings in the background to focus on the other and the essential message he wants to convey.
This is the task that we accomplished the sculptor Christelle Leu Monge from Atelier Plume Fonderie, and myself.
A trip to unknown land, a source of wonder and discovery.
Christelle is no stranger to the world of perfume and travel. She is kneaded with it just like me, we are sort of the same tribe. A more feeling than words tribe.
She expresses her feelings through her wax sculptures. Real testimonies of time passing with the series A la Force de nos mains (By the strength of our hands), hands in tension, tanned by life. But also with the series Le Lien à l'autre (The link to the other), benevolent portraits, witnesses of his family trip around the world.
Her sculptures from the series Vague à l'âme (Blues), inspired by Asian art, have the most resonance in me. This effervescence, this freshness, this hopeful impulse that overcomes any situation.
Christelle had a pretty clear idea of the olfactory sensations she wanted to bring to her artworks. I immersed myself entirely in her universe, interpreting her desires and choosing from my range of raw materials those that could possibly embody them.
We saw each other first to smell around fifty raw materials blindly. I noted with fascination all the sensations they provoked during the session. They become our starting point.
Other meetings followed to smell first trials, then second trials, until reaching the desired balance.
The fragrance of the sculpture series Vague à l'âme (Blues) is a fiery blend of essential oils of cedar leaf, blue ginger, myrtle, vetiver and menthol.
As for the series Le Lien à l'autre (The link to the other), it is a sweet and delicate fragrance composed of sweet fennel, tangerine, blue ginger, oud and cashmere wood.
Definitely a bold and generous proposal from Christelle that you can find on her page www.atelierplumefonderie.fr