My Nose Made Me Do It
New Work by Catherine Haley Epstein
Pushdot Gallery, Portland, OR
February 1 - March 26, 2019
Reception for Artist: February 1, 6-8 PM
(from press release)
Catherine Haley Epstein is an award-winning artist, designer and curator. Over the past eight years she has pioneered the incorporation of scent into her visual and conceptual art practice. The effect has been an entirely new and more abstract dynamic to her work.
Mixing scent requires chance, knowledge and courage. In this installation, "My Nose Made Me Do It," the artist has combined visuals with which she has been obsessed for over twenty years in the same manner she has combined scent materials - with love patience and curiosity. The installation is a weaving of philosophy, art history and multimedia where scent, visuals, text and sculpture become distilled tales of her nose journey to date.
Most recently Catherine attended the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference at Middlebury College in Vermont, and spoke at the Society of Illustrators in New York on her writing and scent practice. She is a multimedia artist and has recently done educational programming around scent at the Portland Art Museum, and with Public Annex, who serves community artists with disabilities. In 2016 she was selected to exhibit her experimental fragrance project at the inaugural AIX Scent Fair at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. She is the recipient of the 2017 Perfumed Plume Award in Fragrance Journalism, for her writing on the use of scent as an art medium, and has served on the panel for Visual Artist grants for the National Endowment for the Arts.