Studies have proven that spending 3-5 minutes simply looking at an image of nature can reduce muscle tension, blood pressure, stress and anxiety. Many hospitals strongly encourage a garden to be incorporated into new infrastructures and art therapy is becoming more and more useful in the lowering of patient's need for medication and their stays being shortened.
Planting the seeds for the future of digital art and wellness, ÆSTHESIA is a multi-sensory body of work conceptualized by Ashley G. Garner that explores the healing benefits of flowers through sight, sound, scent, taste, and touch.
Six flowers were selected that are heavily used in modern medical practices (Chamomile, Echinacea, Lavender, Marigold, Tiger Lily, Wild Rose). Videos filmed by Garner, in collaboration with floral artist, e p h e m e r a, create setting's for each flower to be in their own "world". Videos are paired with sounds recorded from the actual vibrations of each flower by musician, ALURIA. Scents designed by Smithsonian exhibited olfactory artist, Christopher Brosius, and rock candies with flora extract created by NYC chef, Tessa Liebman, expand upon the holistic experience of each flower when presented in physical spaces.
Whether all of these elements are experienced together in physical spaces, or individually viewers will be able to feel their stress and anxiety states lower through the natural healing effects of flora therapy.
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Flower petal and extract infused rock candies designed by Tessa Liebman
Sight | Video loops of flowers with color therapy by Garner
Sound | Audio compositions of flower vibrations by ALURIA
Scent | Olfactory experiences of flowers by Christopher Brosius
Taste | Rock candies infused with flower extracts by Tessa Liebman
Touch | Haptic suits streaming flower audio by Not Impossible
Flower sculptural installations by e p h e m e r a
November 8th - December 15th, 2018
361 Canal St. Wallplay On Canal
New York, NY
September 14th - November 1st, 2018
UNAFFILIATE at Column Health
Image reference from The Secret Life of Plants, 1976
Conceptualizer / Photographer / Video Artist : Ashley G. Garner
Sound Artist : ALURIA aka Juan Lopez
Floral Artist : e p h e m e r a
Food Designer : Tessa Liebman
Olfactory Artist : Christopher Brosius
Color Stylist : Alex Jaramillo
Director of Photography : Ben Cawiezell
A special thanks to the Colony Studios for providing your studios and production equipment to film the ÆSTHESIA videos.