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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THE FLOWERS


Chamomile

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

 

Echinacea

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

 

Lavender

Treats anxiety, fungal infections, hair loss and 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.

 

Marigold

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

 

Tiger Lily

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

 


Flower petal and extract infused rock candies designed by Tessa Liebman

 

THE SENSES

 

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


EXHIBITIONS

November 8th - December 15th, 2018

361 Canal St. Wallplay On Canal

New York, NY

September 14th - November 1st, 2018

UNAFFILIATE at Column Health

Boston, MA

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Image reference from The Secret Life of Plants, 1976


THE TEAM

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.