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Essential Oils (for Alberta), 2016
archival inkjet prints, 55.88 x 81.28 cm, ed. of 3
Collection of City of Calgary Public Art Program

A project developed for Open AiR, a twelve-week residency with The City of Calgary's Public Art program exploring connections to health, natural resources, and place through enfleurage. As part of my residency, I co-facilitated plant walks and workshops with a focus on smell and plants, as well as their edible and medicinal properties. I explored these concepts through enfleurage which is a process used to extract fragrances or essential oils from plants and botanical materials. Essential Oils (for Alberta) is a series comprised of photographs that document my experiments with the enfleurage process. I used botanical (and other materials such as coffee beans and socks) from both communities that were donated, purchased or foraged. The enfleurage workshop was facilitated with Aromatherapist Deanna Russell and the walks were developed and facilitated in collaboration with herbalist, botanist, and educator Latifa Pelletier-Ahmed. Visit Plant Walks with Latifa to see documentation of the plant walks. All photos by Alana Bartol. Enfleurage workshop photos by Bryce Krynski.