I've been lucky enough over the last few weeks to get a first-hand look at the creation of artist Gayil Nalls' newest piece, inkblot_2. The second in her new series of sculptures exploring smell and experience, inkblot_2 is a completely natural aromatic edible that uses pure essential oils to trigger memory and study human perception. (Her process is complex, so visit the olfactory inkblot website for an in-depth explanation.)
If you're in Washington, DC, check out inkblot_2's debut in Take One and Take Part, part of the group exhibition Scents & Medical Sensibilities at the Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts Gallery (1632 U Street, NW). The show runs from March 3–May 1, 2010.
Otherwise, you can buy inkblot_2 at the olfactory inkblot website (and be sure to take the survey once you've eaten one!)
Finally, check out the video I put together for her, which shows highlights from inkblot_2's creation at NYC's papabubble.