How Might I?

After going to the Cooper Hewitt “The Senses” exhibition I have realized I can play a lot more with senses than I thought I could. I have been studying the Aesthetics of Flowers and human and flower relationships. I am planning on making an art installation that experiments with the positive experience they evoke from feeling connected to the world. How their aesthetic pleases humans. I am planning on created an installation art piece that is aesthetically pleasing to the human eye nose and ears. I will do this by creating sculptures that draw in the attention of humans therefor this piece can be placed in a room where humans can interact with it by viewing it, walking around it, smelling it and listening.

Cooper Hewitt inspiration:

The text I have been reading, Humans’ Relationship to Flowers as an Example of the Multiple Components of Embodied Aesthetics, stated, “These embodied aesthetic experiences have healing qualities in themselves in that they re-connect to positive, social experiences through stimulating the mind, senses, and body to interact positively with others. We saw that aesthetic experiences enable the regulation of physiological and emotional over- and under-excitation of the organism. This is expressed in theories of creative processes such as art-making or observing, enabling a mind-set of ‘flow’ and deep concentration, as well as regulated communication with others. Art-making and observing has been defined as an integrative activity that integrates left and right brain functions, and, as such, creates new neurological pathways between emotional and cognitive areas of the brain, enabling flexibility of thought, as opposed to the rigid, repetitive, or fragmented thinking when under stress or after trauma [25–28]. Secondly, flowers have a strong visual component. Vision is a multimodal process that entails the activation, not only of the visual areas of the brain, but also of sensory-motor, viscera-motor, and affective cerebral circuits. On this level, flowers activate multiple parts of the brain creating a stimulating, perceptual experience [3]. The repeated, compositional elements of flowers such as color, shape, and pattern that are repeated within the petal arrangement and within a group of similar flowers growing in proximity are helpful in providing the right amount of familiarity and innovation to calm but also to activate the brain. Thus, flowers help us to actively organize perceptual experience [10,11]. This visual stimulation, together with the ease of recognition and the familiarity engendered by symmetry in flower shapes, may stimulate the brain and be associated with improved mood due to a feeling of being able to make sense of the world [12–15]. This combined element of familiarity and surprise is a basic component of aesthetic experience that is able to move us emotionally, activating both sadness and happiness. Thirdly, on a sensory level, this aesthetic perceptual pleasure in flowers goes beyond vision to include smell, movement, and sensory stimuli. Flowers evoke a multisensory experience, as shown in watching flowers sway in the wind and their use in perfume [16,17]. “


My Sketch Ideas of the base of the sculptures:

from these bases, i will be attaching real and fake flowers to the base. real for the scent and fake for the look of liveliness. essential oils for scent as well.


Material Ideas: Hardboard and Floral Foam



Fake or real flowers

Alicia is a Parsons student studying Integrated Design.

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