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Paul Schütze: The True Art of Fine Fragrance
As an artist Paul Schütze is one of the few to work in the medium of scent. Captivated by the notion of capturing the ephemeral, his collection of three scents are olfactory snapshots of three fleeting moments, three otherwise lost memories.
Paul Schütze eschews the traditional perfume making pyramid in favour of a layered artwork, a cleverly and immaculately constructed narrative. We are thrilled Paul has asked us to share these stories at Roullier White.
Tears of Eros references a night in the artist's studio in Paris. Incense embers lay amongst discarded clementine skins by a potted hyacinth, a draft from the open window wrapped the aromas in a chilly embrace. Fragrance Notes Ambergris, Benzoin, Cardamom, Cedar, Incense, Green Clementine, Guaiac Wood, Hyacinth, Labdanum, Orris, Pink Pepper
Behind the Raindescribes the aroma released from blasted conifers lining a beach in Greece, as the rain subsides the air is thick with notes of resin, sap, wet bark, moss and lichen. space space space Fragrance Notes Black Pepper, Conifer, Olibanum, Grapefruit, Lentisque, Linden, Moss, Patchouli, Sweet Fennel, Vetiver
Cirebon remembers a night in Java, when the sounds of a Gamelan orchestra drifted across the bay; the rhythmic music intertwined with the sensual scents of the island. Cirebon explores this almost hallucinogenic merging of the senses. space
In a career spanning 30 years, Schütze has exhibited his photographic and installation works in galleries and museums around the world, released over thirty albums of original recordings, scored a number of films and performed numerous concerts.
He has collaborated with artists such as James Turrell, Josiah McElheny and Isaac Julien and musicians as diverse as Bill Laswell, Raoul Björkenheim, Toshinori Kondo, Lol Coxhill and Jah Wobble.
The rarefied aura that surrounds fragrance dates back to the remotest times of antiquity, when incense and fragrant oils would be offered up to the gods and deities of the ancient world. The Arab world is credited with introducing modern perfumery to the West, having preserved the ancient arts of distillation, evaporation, and filtration that had been lost to Christian society, and in turn heralding great advancements not only in the field of fragrance but of chemistry and science too. In passing this tradition on, Christian monks began to adopt the practice of creating fragrances as an expression of faith, before eventually the art form became available to the wider public, for a price. Today, most perfume is manufactured on a grand commercial scale; a far cry from the artisanal monastic traditions that gave birth to modern fragrance! However, some perfume houses still survive from this bygone age and serve to remind us of our industry’s history while continui
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