Michael Borkowsky South Yorkshire, United Kingdom
An artist based in Sheffield, UK, looking at scent within contemporary art.
My work utilises scent-based crafts such as perfumery, candle making and soap making and places them on a contemporary art platform; revealing how such crafts can be considered in line with other artistic disciplines such as painting and sculpture.
One strand of my work, 'Perfume as Practice', takes perfumery and, through a process of investigation and interpretation, uses it to create portraiture through looking at the history, narrative and symbolism found within fragrance.
One strand of my work, 'Scents of Our Time', looks at how candle making can respond to news events; harnessing a social and political engagement in a way that acts as an alternative to how we consume the news.
One strand of my work, 'Cleanse' looks at how the surface of soap can be utilised to accommodate poetry.
My work takes the guise of exhibitions, residencies, workshops and events across the UK and internationally.