PRE-SALE: SILUETA EAU DE PARFUM
A PERFUME BECAUSE OF ANA MENDIETA
As the second of three new perfumes within Chronotope’s Citationals Series, and like Intra Venus EdP before it, Silueta Eau de Parfum pays homage to an artist whose body of work provides early structure to the generic form of autotheory: works that explicitly express and represent the self in ways that transgress generic and formal conventions while activating and means testing philosophical and theoretical ideas against that barometer of lived experience. With Intra Venus, I explored whether or not perfumery, as a time-based medium, could perform one of the functions of artist Hannah Wilke’s end-of-life self-portraiture, which presents photography’s ability to express a state of still-ness—in the descriptive sense, not the verbal sense, as in “remaining.” As in the phrase, “she’s still alive.”
With Silueta, I test perfumery against other photographic abilities, this time as they’re seen in Ana Mendieta’s Silueta series of portraits and Super 8 films which document her life performances earth works body art art in order to explore perfume’s ability to express ideas regarding the ephemeral, entropy, and absence.
Pre-Sale shipments will begin dropping on 20 January 2022. Standard pricing, at $15 for samples and $90 for 15mL travel-sized bottles, will begin 16 January 2022.