Scent Away

Artist Statement

Scent Away


The work addresses the transitory nature of existence, the works speaking of the beauty of the moment and the remaining memory of what was.  Temporal - the work is about the passing qualities of our lives and relationships. 


Time continues, slowly, steadily and silently. 


What remains of an existence?  What memories remain once a time is gone?  And which place do we prefer - the present or the past? 


Using the duality of a variety of materials that are like glass and/or both hard and soft, fragile and strong, beautiful yet at times dangerous, I work within a transient realm of experience and ask that we experience, taste, smell and touch the artworks – rather than simply look at them.  How do we describe our experiences to others, does a personal ‘note to self’ remain only as an irregular memory?  Can an experience through a sense be explained or translated to others?


And it may be that the sensuality and fragility of the works elicit a conflicting response.  Some of the works are stoic, heavy, fixed, yet appear to be full of light and somehow weightless.  Some works may be transient and ephemeral, to be experienced so as to elicit a sensory experienced memory – this being the only thing that is lasting.  Some artworks will not last, to question how is this art meant to be purchased, consumed or kept?  It is then an experience that is displayed, for a moment.


In Singapore the experience, the illusions presented, abstract ideas discussed and the moment seem of most importance.  Is it the moment, the photo of that moment, that is most important, that creates the memory – which may be fabricated and presented - as a real time recorded - seen on facebook as proof of a beautiful life, the unique memory and the ‘experience’ of connection - that makes it real as it is momentarily committed to the collective ‘friends’ memory. 


An underlying ambivalence with concerns of home, desire, nostalgia and memory continue to wash within in these works.  Some artworks may become part of the art history canon, lasting years, decades, centuries, while other artworks will remain only for a moment, as a casual curiosity lost in time and forgotten.


So which is most important?  Is it what remains or what is forgotten? 


B. Jane Cowie