Dollars and scents: Follow your nose through this exhibition at ICA
By Peter Crimmins for WHYY
With rare exceptions, the art world has been ignoring your nose.
One of the few champions of the olfactory senses as an artistic medium is Sissel Tolaas, a Norwegian-born, Berlin-based artist that has been exploring smells for more than 25 years.
She uses smells in gallery installations that evoke a wide variety of issues, from climate change to cultural memory to the nature of money.
“Smell is everything. Wherever there’s air, there is a smell,” said Tolaas. “It’s why I call myself a professional in-betweener, because life is everywhere. Where there’s smell, there’s life.”
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