Artist Anicka Yi will launch Biography, a trio of fragrances, in November. Shigenobu Twilight, Radical Hopelessness and Beyond Skin were inspired by radical female figures and developed in collaboration with perfumer Barnabé Fillion.
Biography is the writing of life.
Biography is a disruption in the steady flow of sensation.
Biography is mutation.
Biography is the articulation of desire.
Shigenobu Twilight — "The first volume in the Biography series, Shigenobu Twilight, is inspired by Fusako Shigenobu, fabled leader of the Japanese Red Army. The perfume’s esoteric notes intimate metaphors of Shigenobu’s stateless existence, exiled in Lebanon while yearning for her native Japan. Originally designed in 2007 by Yi and architect Maggie Peng, Shigenobu Twilight has been specially reformulated for the Biography series by perfumer Barnabé Fillion. Grounded by a woody base of cedar, the fragrance combines top notes of yuzu fruit, shiso leaf and black pepper as well as heart notes of thyme and frankincense."
Radical Hopelessness ~ "Based on Hatshepsut, female pharaoh of Ancient Egypt, Radical Hopelessness evokes the ruler’s sharp intellect and radiant desert kingdom. To keep her throne, Hatshepsut strategically mixed aspects of masculine, feminine, animal, and divine power. The lingering sillage of Radical Hopelessness mimics Hatshepsut’s lasting legacy—records of her brilliance survived a posthumous erasure campaign meant to discourage future female kings. Piquant top notes of pink pepper, juniper, and cardamom, as well as heart notes of iris and Angelica root are smoothed by a lush sandalwood and patchouli base."
Beyond Skin ~ "Looking to the future, Beyond Skin, is based on a hypothetical artificial intelligence entity. The fragrance imagines a machine that holds the individual and collective history of every woman in a single, composite scent. Not limited to a binary partnership of human and machine, Beyond Skin embraces untamed animal and vegetable characteristics to form a fully hybridized olfactory experience. Dark, fleshy base notes of suede and myrrh are complemented by an earthy, herbal core of indole and rose, while spicy, animalistic top notes of civet, cumin, and cloves are set off by a hint of red seaweed."
Biography Fragrance Shigenobu Twilight, Radical Hopelessness and Beyond Skin will debut at Dover Street Market in the US, $250 each in an edition of 1000 bottles.