Untitled - Eeva-Liisa Puhakka

(c) Elisa Georgi, 2024

Eeva-Liisa Puhakka ( Finland )

In her residency time, she works on a smell-o-vision project in which she is researching and investigating the senses, aesthetics, and the cultural perception and construction of our sense of smell. In her project she also explores how smell is bound up into structural inequality. The link between offensive odors, the body, and immorality is well established in the psyche of Western society. Olfaction links us to our most primordial fears as well as our deepest desires.

During the residency she also aims to learn to write about smells. Smells have to be among the most difficult things to write about. They seem impossible to pin down. They are somewhere between an abstract thought and tangible thing. If we think that humans can, in theory, distinguish one trillion different smells, it is clear that language is inadequate to catalog them all. However the difficulty in describing a smell depends on which language you speak.

(c) Elisa Georgi, 2024
(c) Elisa Georgi, 2024
Milky Way (edit 3) © Miia Paunula, 2021
The blond daughter of the forest © Eeva-Liisa Puhakka, 2020
Leave the body, leave the mind © Eeva-Liisa Puhakka, 2019
Crazy quilt © Eeva-Liisa Puhakka, 2023
Smell of Hug © Eeva-Liisa Puhakka, 2023

Eeva-Liisa holds a working grant of the Arts Promotion Center Finland.