The artist’s very first work and a reference to his formation on the margins of the Vancouver photoconceptual scene, Enfeuilllage documents—in 24 photographs—a perfumery process known as enfleurage in which fat is used to absorb the scent of flowers and is then rendered as a liquid (perfume). The text element of this work describes the process straight-up, but in the photographs the technician is seen substituting an old book for the usual flower petals: the fleurs have been replaced by feuilles, and the resulting perfume is left to the viewer’s imagination.
Terence Gower, 1992
Wall installation: 24 silver gelatin prints, 20.3 x 25.4 cm each and
2 letter-press prints, 22.9 x 30.5 and 22.9 x 22.9
Printed at Black and White on White, Brooklyn, NY
Letterpress printed at Lindsay Stadig Studio, Brooklyn, NY
Book: Offset on paper and card, spiral-bound. 30 x 20 cm
Printed and bound at Druck-Store, Cologne, Germany