Elle Decoration (South Africa) - - SPOTLIGHT: TREND -

She might be more read­ily as­so­ci­ated with the raw cowhide that dom­i­nates her artistic out­put, but Nandipha Mn­tambo has ex­panded the scope of her work to in­clude that of fra­grance. The Swazi-born artist, widely cel­e­brated for her body of work span­ning per­for­mance, pho­tog­ra­phy, video, print­mak­ing and paint­ing, has col­lab­o­rated with mas­ter per­fumer Tammy Frazer to cre­ate a lim­ited-edi­tion of­fer­ing, ti­tled ‘Dis­so­nance’, that de­fies con­ven­tion. With just 20 of the leather-pack­aged ‘artist’s boxes’ pro­duced, each edi­tion com­prises a hand-blown glass bot­tle by David Reade, per­fume by Frazer and two gold-leafed litho­graphic prints by Mn­tambo. ‘Tammy was in­trigued by the pos­si­bil­ity of cre­at­ing a scent that would evoke the feel of the work I make in cowhide,’ she ex­plains. ‘Ob­vi­ously, we couldn’t make a fra­grance that smelt of raw cowhide, as it had to be some­thing peo­ple would want to wear, but Tammy’s idea was that it should in some way sug­gest the ma­te­rial. The name “Dis­so­nance” came quite eas­ily, as it evokes the in­her­ent con­tra­dic­tions of the idea, and the dif­fer­ences in our pro­fes­sional back­grounds.’ En­quiries via


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