A beautiful artwork born from the scent of a perfume is
destined to be destroyed.
The artwork Never & Forever is an artistic
collaboration between siblings Anya Sinclair, a Dunedin
painter, and her younger brother Isaac Sinclair, a commercial
perfumer in Brazil.
For the collaboration, Miss Sinclair sent her brother an
image of a lush and damp Australian forest scene to use as
the inspiration for a perfume.
Mr Sinclair said he captured the warmth of the contrasting
dark and bright green and red leaves with vanilla absolute,
tolu balsam and tonka bean absolute.
To recreate the thick humidity, he used patchouli and gurjun
From the fragrance, called Banho de Cheiro, Miss
Sinclair painted a jungle and waterfall of no specific place
on a Community Gallery wall last week.
''I tried to evoke a feeling - a sensory experience.''
A bottle of the fragrance is next to the painting at the
gallery so the viewer can have the full experience.
The painting will be exhibited until the end of the Dunedin
Fringe Festival on Sunday and then painted over.
''Normally, I make a work and it stays on someone's wall, for
maybe a lifetime, but I think it's good to do this as an
artist and give up the rights to the life of that work - but
it is challenging.''
Although art, like a fragrance, could dissipate, it still
existed elsewhere because it could trigger a memory anytime,
''There is a permanence in that.''
Miss Sinclair said despite the impending destruction of the
painting, the art project could continue, as a photo of it
had been sent to Brazil for her brother to create another