Portrait of a Landscape was one of my earliest olfactory works. I traveled to the Dutch countryside, where a friend of mine lives. To me it is one of the most idylic places I’ve ever visited; in the middle of the fiels and the scenic landscape we call ‘coulissenlandschap’.
I wanted to somehow capture the landscape and did so by a series of extractions: one a tincture to be later discilled and one in ancient technique called enfleurage. Enfleurage uses fat, smeared on glass pannels with flowers pressed into it, to slowly capture the scent. The panels themselves were erected in the landscape, so I could take pictures of the landscape through the flowers growing there.
The work is meant to be enjoyed as a full experience of the landscape, getting an impression of the light and flora, and smelling the plants from the fields.