venus anadyomene, 2014
5 similar pieces each consisting of:
giant clam shell, neon tubing, transformer, high-fire ceramic vessel filled with olive oil, wick, flame, sand, mica, frankincense, benzoin, myrrh, brass
installation view at Ramiken Crucible, April 2014, New York
image courtesy of the artist
ELAINE CAMERON-WEIR’s venus anadyomene is on display in the group exhibition Flat Neighbors at the Rachel Uffner Gallery in New York. Each piece consists of a suspended giant clam shell, edged with neon tubing, and high-fire ceramic vessel each filled with olive oil, sand, mica, and resins of Benzoin, Myrrh as well as Frankincenses that are being heated over a flame releasing their aroma.
I’m not trying to create decorated spaces by any means, but I am interested in that spirit of figuring out how to create a presence, or an atmosphere, using the relationships between objects, rather than a superficial strategy of merely pointing things out to people and asking if they also see those things. And when I work with scent, the idea of what scent it will be evolves alongside the idea of the object. I never make a sculpture and then decide to add a smell. If I’m making a sculpture that was never intended to be scented it never is scented. I’m not trying to illustrate glamour. – ELAINE CAMERON-WEIR in conversation with ISLA LEAVER-YAP
➝ Flat Neighbors is on view at Rachel Uffner Gallery in New York until October 19, 2014