How does sex of plants smell?
In mid-July 2011, the Viennese high-fashion store Amicis (Alexander McQueen, Givenchy, Stella McCartney, Lanvin, Yves Saint Laurent, Neil Barrett, Jimmy Choo...) launched the new collection of elegant fragrances with exceptional pieces such as 'Eau de Kiki' by the New York based feminist artist Kiki Smith (born 1954 in Germany) who is known for her sculptures, prints, drawings, and photography about the (female) body, gender.
The theme of 'Eau de Kiki' is the sexual activity of trees and plants; her leading thread for the design of the scent was 'plant sex'. The result is a composition (in collaboration with award-winning French perfumer Christophe Laudamiel) made of musk, boxwood, patchouli, sandalwood, leaf notes, blue chamomile, narcisse...
"One of its strongest notes - boxwood shrub - is as unconventional as the artist. 'It’s true, boxwood smells like cat pee,' she says, laughing. 'But it was in my grandmother’s garden. Lots of people find it revolting, but I love it.'" cites Jane Larkworthy the artist on wmagazine.com.
The fragrance was released in November 2010 by Artware Editions, a New York based gallery that produces everyday objects designed by contemporary artists such as Kehinde Wiley, Cindy Sherman, Marina Abramović, Damien Hirst...
Even perfumer Christophe Laudamiel (1969 born in France, living in New York) works transdisziplinary. He has composed 23 character scents for the 'ScentOpera' by Stewart Matthew - an olfactoric experience corresponding with music that debuted at the Guggenheim Museum in May 2009 in New York.
fig.: 'Eau de Kiki' by feminist artist Kiki Smith in a hand-decorated flacon with Swarovski crystals; seen at the shop Amicis in the Seilerstätte in Vienna in July 2011. Photo: (C) Kiki Smith.