“When I meet you, in that moment, I’m no longer a part of your future, I start quickly becoming a part of your past.”
This line came from a piece of spoken poetry call “Hiroshima” by Sarah Kay, and it has been stuck in my mind for the past few days because of how truthful it is. When we meet anybody, it ends that stranger relationship between them. As time travels forward pushing us into the unknown, experiences quickly become the past and they are imprinted as residues of what has been created in the warp of time.
Melancholic but very romantic, these residues can then be retrieved by different senses. May it be music, taste, visions or scent, these little hints are able to embody the story of a lifetime for particular people. For myself, I am especially intrigued by the ability of storytelling by scent.
What might appears to be a Westernized object, these 30 odd perfume bottles reinterpretted by artist Ma Zhao Qi blurs the line between the West and the East. Engraved with quotes from different Chinese poems on the bottom of the bottles with his distinct Chinese calligraphy seal style, the bottles no longer stand for the brand that has created them, but represents a new distinct character which makes the mass produced liquid inside seem more like a magical potion instead.
Whether the perfumes were initially created based on the character of a princess, a king or a wife; it is that tingle which they cause to our senses most moving and unforgettable. Overcoming the thickness of the glass bottles, this young 30-year-old artist has engraved lines such as “Missing him 12 hours a day”, “Long Remembrance” and “Never Forget” in elegant Chinese characters on these transparent bodies, to be exhibited at Parfumerie Trésor from the 18th to the 28th of November.
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