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A research residency exploring connections between our sense of smell and place using a process called enfleurage. Enfleurage uses animal fat or vegetable oils to extract fragrances or essential oils from botanical (or other) materials. The project explored concepts of human and environmental health, the taxonomy of plants (weeds as essential plants), public perception of weeds, as well as our relationship to natural resources and methods of extraction.

A series of public walks and workshops were developed in collaboration with herbalist and botanist Latifa Pelletier-Ahmed of Edible and Medicinal Plants of Calgary and Aromatherapist Deanna Russell. The images below present the enfleurage process, workshops, and walks including Weed Notice! and Forms of Awareness: A Walk Along the Bow. This research was made possible through Open AiR, a twelve-week residency with The City of Calgary's Public Art program (2016). Photos: Bryce Krynski