Images can trigger a world of emotions, as do scents. What happens then when images and scents are put together in an original work of art? The question has been answered by Diane Thalheimer whose job description is “Olfactive Profiler.” In other words, Diane is a perfumer who profiles her clients through many conversations and thorough research before tailoring a unique fragrance for them.
With Profile By, Diane has called upon a group of established artists and renowned perfumers (a.k.a. noses) to work together on this very concept and merge their individual worlds of art and perfumes into one. The outcome is a collection of olfactive sculptures, artworks that diffuse a unique fragrance.
For each artist, Diane created an intimate mood-board featuring their work and their thoughts on many personal topics ranging from childhood memories to favorite smells. She then presented these “profiles” to the artistic director of IFF (an American corporation that produces flavours, fragrances, and cosmetic actives), and together they selected the noses that would best match with the artist’s ethos.
The first Profile By collection of olfactive sculptures features some unexpected, fascinating artworks. Hubert Le Gall created “Le Coeur de Dionysos” a poetic piece paired with a fragrance by Jean-Christophe Hérault. The award-winning artist Adel Abdemessed made “Noli Me Tangere“, a surrealistic sculpture of a foot on a sphere scented with a fragrance by Paul Guerlain.
The six-piece offering was first showcased at Phillips Paris and is now available on The Invisible Collection. Each piece comes in a limited edition, signed and numbered, capturing one’s senses as if by magic.