ÆSTHESIA

A multi-sensory series that explores the healing benefits of botanica

through sight, sound, scent, taste, and touch.


ABOUT

Studies have proven that spending 3-5 minutes simply looking at a picture of nature and/or water can reduce muscle tension, blood pressure, stress and anxiety.

Starting with the six most common flora used in modern medical practices (Chamomile, Lavender, Echinacea, Marigold, Wild Rose, and Tiger Lily) videos were made to capture the “world” of each flower along with photo stills that were taken simultaneously that elucidate each flora and colors that are most commonly used in health care recovery settings in collaboration with floral artist, Nicole Absher of e p h e m e r a atelier.

Each film is paired with music made from the actual vibrations of each flora composed by international musician, Aries Lopez aka ALURIA.

Scents designed by Smithsonian recognized olfactory artist, Christopher Brosius, and flora extract infused candies created by NYC chef, Tessa Liebman, expand upon the wholistic experience of each flora in public exhibitions. 

In 2018 ÆSTHESIA was installed for 12 weeks in rehabilitation clinic, Column Health, in Boston and exhibited in a solo exhibition in TriBeCa with Wallplay ON CANAL. In 2019 the films and soundtrack were screened at international women’s conference, Generation W, and ÆSTHESIA musician ALURIA performed live with a jasmine plant at the American Irish Historical Society.

More exhibitions and installations coming soon. If you are interested in partnership or collaboration please email ashleyggarnerstudios@gmail.com


SIGHT + SOUND

60 second teasers from the full 32 minutes film of ÆSTHESIA

music of the plants by ALURIA now available on Spotify / iTunes / Beatport

Click here to listen


Tiger Lily

Treats coughs, nausea, stress, depression, skin inflammation. 

Chamomile

Treats anxiety, depression, allergies, insomnia, menstrual pain, ulcers, wounds, arthritis, hemorrhoids

Lavender

Treats anxiety, fungal infections, wounds, insomnia, depression, nausea, restlessness, digestive problems, menstrual pain. 

Wild Rose

Treats wounds, parasites, inflammation, calms the nervous system, antioxidant, and packed with Vitamin A, B, C, D, and E.

Echinacea

Treats upper respiratory tract infections, UTI’s, flu and flu-like infections, and wounds

Marigold

Treats infections, muscle spasms, swelling, improves blood flow, and slows down skin damage aging effects.


SCENT

Scents designed by olfactory artist Christopher Brosius were presented in glass beakers with dried flower petals and essential oils contained inside.

Viewers would bend over each beaker to smell the scent for each corresponding flower while watching and listening to the full film.

TASTE

Vegan friendly rock candies infused with flower petals and extract were designed by Tessa Liebman so that viewers would taste the flower while watching and listening to the full film.

description by Christopher Brosius

Since the advent of Aromatherapy in the 1920s, there has been a vast amount of scientific research exploring and confirming the enormous physiological and psychological benefits of plants. Using that research to create a series of beautiful and beneficial scents is what my work for ÆSTHESIA is about. 

Each scent is composed of two parts - the base plant material and a specially crafted olfactory compound. All materials chosen are strictly natural. 

In most cases, principle materials are taken directly from the flowers themselves. However, in some cases where direct olfactory materials are not available or desirable - such as tiger lily or the scent of echinacea - other natural materials have been chosen and combined to create a similar and equally beneficial effect.

The purpose of each scent is to create a resonance between the olfactory compound and its botanical base material to increase the meditative and healing aspect of each flower.  These beneficial properties are proven readily available simply by inhaling the scent. All you need do is breathe in. 

description by Tessa Liebman

While working on the sense of taste element for ÆSTHESIA I tried to be as straightforward as possible and present the different flowers in a form that, along with the associated colors would be an immediate impression. I decided on sugar because it’s such a great medium for color and flavor. It’s so mutable it really can taste like whatever you tell it to. My challenges were making something that would be (relatively) shelf (or refrigerator) stable, vegan, gluten free and easy to eat in any setting.

I like the idea of the candies as medicinal lozenges or functional sweets. I worked with a lot of beautiful essential oils I have from working with perfumers on my fragrance dinners. Many of the flowers in the videos are edible so I was able to combine their essential oil and plant matter like petals or leaves in a hard candy base. For the not-so-edible or not-so-delicious flowers like tiger lily I reviewed what perfumer Christopher Brosius was using to interpret the flower and happily it was jasmine, one of my favorite scents and flavors.


HEALTH & TECH

Rehabilitation clinic, Column Health, in Boston installed the films and audio of ÆSTHESIA into their lobby and offices for two months from September - November, 2018, as a part of their art therapy program, UNAFFILIATE.

Award winning tech company, Music: Not Impossible Labs provided two haptic suits for visitors to try on that streamed the audio of Tiger Lily into vibrations at key pressure points on the body during a six week installation in NYC with Wallplay ON CANAL from November - December, 2018.


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THE TEAM

Photo/Video Artist : Ashley G. Garner

Sound Artist : ALURIA aka Juan Lopez

Olfactory Artist : Christopher Brosius

Food Designer : Tessa Liebman

Vibration Suits: Not Impossible Labs

Floral Artist : Nicole Absher of e p h e m e r a

Color Stylist : Alex Jaramillo

Director of Photography : Ben Cawiezell