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What Your Dog Might “See”
In order to better relate to the animals around us, especially the ones we spend the most time with, we need to try to see the world from the same perspective that they do. In this experience, you will get to experience the world of smell that your favorite friend might see when operating the world. The human world is vision-centric and therefore I incorporated a bit of vision into this piece in order to gently transition the viewer into relying on more senses, such as smell . Most of us hardly pay attention to the odors around us and when people are asked which of the senses they would give up, if they had to, they often name smell. The 21st century re-enforces this behavior with the rise in technology that mainly relies on hearing and seeing. For this piece, I wanted to incorporate olfactory art (hybrid works that include the combination of scent and visual art media ). Olfactory art requires the audience to be physically engaged. Unlike other senses, we can not turn off our sense of smell even if we really want to.
What is it like to have the nose of a dog? Dogs, just by one smell, can figure out the emotions of any animal/ person. They can detect if a person has cancer or is about to have a seizure. They know who has been to a particular area even up to 14 days in the past. Dogs have a superpower that we cant even slightly imagine but that shouldn't stop us from trying.
By recognizing and appreciating the power of scent, we can deepen our connection with our furry friends and gain a greater understanding of the natural world around us. We can begin to appreciate the importance of scent to animals, and gain a deeper understanding of their unique perspective. Ultimately, my goal as an artist is to bridge the gap between humans and animals. By incorporating olfactory art into my work, I aim to encourage a greater awareness and appreciation of the animals around us.