Paul Schutze launches perfume house
The first three fragrances - Tears of Eros; Cirebon and Behind the Rain - in the line evoke specific moments of time and space. They are specific memories that the artist has captured and recreated as scents and thus each of the three unisex perfumes has a unique story.
Schütze created each of the perfumes himself and his process mirrors his own way of working with art. He has said “all my work as an artist, regardless of the medium, has been about capturing ephemeral, elusive, moments and locations; places and memories which change and evolve even as we try to recall them. What better material to express these fugitive qualities than perfume: a direct line to the unconscious mind, trigger of memories and waking dreams.”
Cirebon is Schütze’s attempt to recreate a moment he experienced in Java. It was a clear evening, the sounds of a gamalan orchestra drifted like jewels across the water.
Notes: vetiver java, lemongrass, tamarind, bigarade, cedar.
Tears of Eros is Schütze’s attempt to recreate a moment he had in Paris one January. Incense from Sanju Sangendo in Kyoto had recently burnt; discarded broken clementine skin and a hyacinth in early bloom perched on the artist’s desk. A full moon shone light and a breeze collected and merged the smells.
Notes: frankincense, clementine, vetiver, green incense.
Schütze was once holidaying in Greece and whilst walking on a Cycladean beach a flash storm hit - ending just as suddenly as it began. Emerging from shelter, he was overwhelmed by waves of intensely perfumed air rolling down from the rain-bruised fir trees. This is what he attempts to embody in his third fragrance, Behind The Rain.
Notes: resins, sap, wet bark, moss and lichens.