Memories of Scents
Author: Åsa Herrgård
In the exhibition in Wanås Konst and in the Shoyeido gallery in Kyoto I exhibited sculptures that relate to memories from my childhood in Finland. The sculptures depict fragile dreams of scents and sounds from the forest and nature that surrounds us:
Scents of soil, blueberries, mosses, sponges and stones;
Sounds from wooden boats, whispering winds and salted water.
Only the dark forest and the cold sea know my hidden memories from the scents of my childhood. When I swim in the cold clear sea, the scents of salted seawater take me back to my roots.
Made from jesmonite and plaster my sculptures are inspired from a historical form of pots, and the cast sponges and seashells hark back to past memories of nature. They are an attempt to recreate the shape of scents from memories of the past. As a visual artist I work three-dimensionally and with land art, and site specific artwork in cities. My roots are in Finland and a sculptural tradition where the movements of the body and the impact of nature give power and presence often coloured by my interest in Chinese culture, based on many months between 2004-2013 practicing Tai Chi in Kunming, Yunnan Province.