Artist Creates A Self-Portrait From Her Various Bodily Scents

Artist Creates A Self-Portrait From Her Various Bodily Scents
Design

One artist uses her sweat, oils and tears to create a startling self-portrait.

Karen Baker
  • 23 october 2012

Images via envoy enterprises

How accurate can a self-portrait be if it only captures how you look? Removing herself from the visual judgment so often made of women, Artist Martynka Wawrzyniak decided to present her essence through her smells instead of her looks. Enrolling as a student at Hunter College, she worked in their lab to capture, condense, and otherwise preserve her most identifying scents. Whether by listening to songs from her native Poland during the Communist era to evoke (and bottle) tears or by wrapping herself in Crisco and bandages to turn sweat into substance, Wawrzyniak distills her most basic properties into olfactory experiences.

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