before/after scenting new york

Before/After Scenting New York

The relationship between prayer, poetry and perfume in historical literature shaped the concept I used during my performance for the Art in Odd Places: Ritual festival where I walked across the east-west corridor of 14th Street in Manhattan. Wearing a separate fragrance each day, I used my body traveling through space to change the molecular composition of my environment, and that in turn created new olfactory memories in the crowds I traveled through. Each scent was titled by a prayer or poem derived from found texts and overheard conversations of the day.