Artfume Isola Comacine by Peter de Cupere 7

Launch price 90 euro for the first 50 bottles instead of 110 euro. 

Limited perfume batch of 120 bottles!


The island is naturally present in Peter de Cupere's oeuvre, both in a sensory and an immaterial dimension. He is internationally renowned for an approach that uses the sense of smell and interpairs as an essential tool for a subjective inclusion of the world and of social, scientific or complex realities.

The Artfume Isola Comacina is reference to the composed olfactory portraits of the island Comacina, who are related to the concept of the insularity and the island being. The Perfume was formulated during a three-week residence on the island in 2011.

The original work of art the perfume is presented in the form of boxes in which artworks are transported and perforated in the middle. These perforations spread throughout the duration of the exhibition the specific perfume that has been composed by the artist.

The Artfume Isola Comacina is directly related to the olfactory perception of the island of Comacina.

Artfume Isola Comacine by Peter de Cupere a013The conversion into the scent composition is based on a memory and a direct transcription of diverse and pre-eminently subjective olfactory impressions, in which more or less factual sources are discussed. These sources are linked to the climate and the vegetation of the island, but also to the metaphorical or transposition of earlier cultural experiences or elements that link to, inter alia, territorial history. The result is a subtle and complex fragrance that interweaves many ingredients (In total 48). At the base of the "green spicy” scent are of course elements of the Mediterranean landscape that symbolize the presence of this green island in the middle of Lake Como, but also the pine with which the interior of residences is decorated, the smell of the earth after a heavy rain shower, the smell of the morning dew and the sultry evening air etc. These smells are enriched with chords related to the presence of the many archaeological and cultural traces on the island: myrrh, frankincense and galbanum fill the composition of the scent, while a subtle evocation of smoke winks at the preparation of the fireworks of St. John's Day and the subsequent real flaming of the island, a highlight on the local folk calendar. This variegated bouquet is rounded off with scents that are specific to the map of the only restaurant on the island.

Artfume Isola Comacine by Peter de Cupere a05The bottle is designed and handmade to represent the underlying warm smell of this in first olfactory experienced green spicy composition. It’s a direct reference to the ever-burning island. As a result, each bottle was colored separately with a fire flame and further finished. This means that every bottle of its own is unique.

The edition of the perfume is limited because the Artfumes by Peter de Cupere are realized in small batches. As a result, they may sometimes be temporarily unavailable. On average it takes 8 weeks before a new batch of the perfume can be created. To create one handmade bottle takes an average of 1, 5 hours. The artfumes allow the viewer to cherish the smell of the artwork at home. It is therefore necessary to view these artfumes as collectors' items.


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