Nalls Studio Announces the Release of the Interactive Artwork inkblot_2, an Aromatic Experiential Edible

March 1, 2010

NEW YORK, March 1 /PRNewswire/ — Nalls Studio is pleased to announce the release of inkblot_2, an Aromatic Experiential Edible by artist Gayil Nalls.

Inkblot_2 will make its public debut in the exhibition Scents & Medical Sensibilities at the Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts Gallery, 1632 U Street, NW, Washington, DC, from March 3-May 1, 2010.

The candy-like amuse-bouches of inkblot_2 are made of multiple botanical plant essences, each having its own distinguishing physical and chemical qualities that define its character and promote healing. These entities also have the potential to unlock scent memories, offering a highly-textured and uniquely personal experience.

Inkblot_2 is the second artwork in the artist’s olfactory inkblot series. The first, inblot_1, was released in December 2009. The series comprises limited production, interactive works that encourage the user to explore olfactory perception and his or her psychophysical response to natural smells. Taking its name from the Rorschach inkblot tests, first used in the early 1920s for psychoanalytic purposes, the olfactory inkblot series draws attention to one’s unique response to scent perception and memory.

Aromas accrue meaning for individuals from the time they are in the womb. Such olfactory coding and triggering are vital to our sense of taste, the largest part of which is derived from the faculty of smell. With inkblot_2, the artist continues to entice people to explore their identities through olfaction and taste cognition.

Through inkblot_2, Nalls seeks to re-define sensorial impressions, memories and identity as aesthetic events by creating olfactory and gustatory “sculptures” embodied within individual participants. The artwork is completed when participants share their personal experiences and responses, transferring the personal perception of mouth and nose to a subjectively charged public space.

In the Scents and Medical Sensibilities exhibition, gallery visitors select and experience one of the individually-wrapped edibles. Tastants are then asked to describe the sensations, feelings, and emotions that the edibles trigger – anonymously if they like – via the accompanying inkblot_2 survey online at www.olfactoryinkblot.com, where the olfactory inkblots can also be purchased.

Tastants can also complete the online survey by texting 240-242-7918 to receive the URL connections, or call 240-242-7916 and answer the prompt to have links sent to their mobiles.

To see inkblot_2 being made visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8Uk2DdDgv4

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    Gayil Nalls, PhD

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