Helga Griffiths 2012
Exhibition Text from Dr. Dörte Zbikowski, Kunsthalle Kiel
Despite the abstract nature of the installation and its
apparent remoteness from the sensation of smell, this is nevertheless
a very personal statement. Here Helga Griffiths' own body odour has been
translated into a visual code. She had her body odour analyzed with the
help of a gas chromatograph, constructed the six most important molecules
in a stongly magnified version and created a cloud-like hanging installation.
The free movement of the almost weightless molecules, which react to every
air current, breathes life into the abstract structure. Griffiths allows
us to experience smell through chemical analysis, as a scientific research
field, but also as an identity-forming factor. She transforms smell which
is usually perceived subjectively, with varying intensity and influenced
by personal emotions, into a visual formula which suggests objectivity.
The ephemeral and invisible is made comprehensible in conjunction with
genetic information, and intimacy is de-personified.