The Scent Cave, 2021
Oil on canvas
About the Artist
Jennifer Cuthill (b.1995, British) is a multidisciplinary artist who works in paint, printmaking, animation and clay. Blending dreamlike imagery with imagined cave ecologies she explores the relationship between geology and the subconscious, as well as the dance between fiction and reality. She takes inspiration from the entanglement of these hidden worlds with narratives and stories and attempts to make these ethereal landscapes physical, transforming and fusing these surreal inner worlds into outer ones. Her recent work is interested in the connection between scent and memory and the emotional and sensory responses this can produce. Jennifer currently lives and works in Edinburgh, Scotland.
About the Artwork
A while ago I came across some photos of antique perfume bottles, which I found fascinating! I started researching these more, and in the 18th century they would keep these bottles in boxes known as ‘perfume caves’, which is what inspired The Scent Cave. I’m interested in the link between scent and memory, and the ways in which smells can evoke an emotive response and trigger a forgotten memory. I like especially how scents can remind you of touch- of people you have been close to or partners or whatever. I think that’s why my paintings often have hands and feet in them; senses evoking senses.