Julia Barbee: Perfume

Olfactory Animalic

Website: Julia Barbee

I will be presenting a series of perfumes that I have created, explaining fragrance composition based on my novice artistic approach of experimentation, an axis of scents, documents of text and verbal reactions, and intuition. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience scent ingredients, and then see how their olfactory knowledge allows them to newly identify them within blends. A brief overview of the history of perfumery, my work with pheromones and moths, and a bibliography will also be made available.

Julia Barbee earned her Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art from California State University, Long Beach in 2011. In addition to her studio art practice, she has had a deconstructed clothing and accessories line in Portland, Oregon for ten years, which has earned her national and regional recognition. Her studio work is a process-based study conducted around examining the contrast between the visible, the ephemeral, the auditory—and the temporal marks of identity. Motivated by the duality of attraction/repulsion she uses scent as the platform for sculptural performance, experimentation, quasi-anthropological study, and non-representational self-portraiture. It is this philosophy of working that has just begun to shape her collection of one-of-a-kind pieces, and in December 2011, she opened her first solo studio/shop on Burnside; she is excited to see how her line will develop from here.