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Pioneer | Scent Exploration + Activism

Posted on: Wednesday, November 15, 2017

PIONEER worktable documentation | photo: Abigail Doan, 2017

I am excited to share news of an olfactory art | scent project that I have had in the works since 2016. PIONEER was conceived as a sensory-based tool that would re-invigorate my artistic practice by aiding excursions for Walking Libraries 2016/17 as well my own dis-ease in the current environmental and political climate. 

I commissioned studio Atelier de Geste, to design a two part scent kit that could be utilized in both urban and open rural spaces as well as interior zones to help prompt a feeling of centeredness as well as clarity regarding environmental (art) activist strategies. PIONEER will be released during the late winter of 2018, paired with images from Walking Libraries and the atmospheric observations that surfaced.
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'This scent commission, PIONEER, is designed for both personal use (for an artist) and to be nestled within an artist’s creative practice. Responding to Abigail Doan’s personal history and her involvement in environmental activism, the scent is created in two seasons (winter / summer) or iterations. Due to her extensive practice of walking as an art form, the key notes in both scents evoke ecological cues of particular spaces that inform her future strategies of interfacing with the environment. They are two very distinct scents in dialogue, attributes of the seasons, that also propel the audience into a type of motion forward, echoing the artist’s practice.' – Beau Rhee, artist/designer and director of Atelier de Geste

[ The above excerpt is from Atelier de Geste's project archives, with mood boards created by Beau Rhee during our 2016/17 dialogues.]


Materials research for PIONEER @abigaildoanstudio

More news to come, but you can also follow along via #ProjectPioneerScent on Instagram.

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