top of page

Atlante is a Finalist for the Art and Olfaction Awards

sarah baker perfumes the art and olfaction awards 2019

April 25, 2019


Atlante has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Independent category at the 6th annual Art and Olfaction Awards!

Judged blind by an international pool of jurors, Atlante is one of ten finalists in this category.

Awarded to just four perfumes, one experimental scent project and three discretionary awards a year, The Art and Olfaction Awards are designed to raise public interest and awareness around new developments in independent perfumery. The Awards, established in 2014 by the Institute for Art and Olfaction, are given to outstanding creators in the categories of independent, artisan, and experimental perfume from across the globe, chosen for perfumes and experimental projects with scent released in 2018.

The sixth annual Art and Olfaction Awards events will take place in a public ceremony at Oude Kerk on May 2, 2019. Oude Kerk is a historic church founded in 1213, and the city’s oldest building. Located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Red Light district, the space is now one of Amsterdam’s most prestigious cultural centers.

Each Art and Olfaction Award winner will receive The Golden Pear, which continues to cement its status as a prestigious achievement in the perfume world.

As with past years, our panel of esteemed judges includes luminaries from the perfume and art worlds. Some of the members of the Art and Olfaction Awards 2018 jury include: Daniel Patterson (USA), Harold McGee (USA), Mandy Aftel (USA), Anna Gerber (England), Arabelle Sicardi (USA), Claire Evans (USA), Darin Klein (USA), Deji Bryce Olukotun (USA), Simon Niedenthal (Sweden), Dave Apel (USA), Denyse Beaulieu (France), Eddie Bulliqi (England), Jeanne Doré (France), Katie Puckrik (England), Chris Gordon (USA), Hank Jenkins (USA), Marta Siembab (Poland), Matthias Janke (Germany), Spyros Drosopoulos (Netherlands), Ulrike Knöll (Germany), Andy Tauer (Switzerland), Bibiana Prival (USA), Frederic Jacques (USA/France), Harald Lubner (Germany), Mark Behnke (USA), Rachel Syme (USA)


Atlante was composed by Sarah McCartney and has notes of yuzu, seaweed, orris, lily of the valley, wet rock, cedar, ambergris, seashells, drift wood.

We all came from the sea. A salty, primordial soup gave birth to us all, so say the evolutionists. The poets before them—dating back to Ancient Greece—had no quarrel with this. Revived during the Renaissance is Aphrodite, rising naked from the sea, surfing her giant seashell.

In practically every creation myth, we descend from a watery mother; the children of the blue planet. If we’re counting chromosomes, the mother begat both boys and girls. The children crush seashells beneath their feet and yuzu in their mouths. They fling seaweed on wet rocks, and laugh amongst the rainbow irises.

Unlocking a repressed history, we can access the Proustian power of the memory of smell—but this is no freshly baked madeleine. Rather it channels the vigour of the pioneer Surrealist filmmaker Germaine Dulac. Her ‘The Seashell and the Clergyman’ pulls the sea back into the mythological narrative, what we really know it to be: power, sex and a threatening force with the ability to give and take. Salt, seaweed, and the ocean’s bounty of ambergris, nurtured like Jonah, deeply within a whale. It is carried inland where it now sleeps on a bed of Lily of the Valley.

Atlante is the headspace of a place in which, like Venus, we are borne to an idyllic island in a shell or simply drown.

The Art and Olfaction Awards was founded in 2012 as an independent awards mechanism designed to celebrate innovation and excellence in artisan and independent perfume, and experimentation in scent within arts practices. The Art and Olfaction Awards are a program of The Institute for Art and Olfaction, a 501(c)3 non-profit based in Los Angeles, CA.

Presenting partner: IFF

Partners: Lucky Scent / Scent Bar, Pochpac, Perfumer’s Apprentice, Discount Vials, Esxence Scent of Excellence, Nez – La Revue Olfactive, Scent Culture Institute and Autumn Seventy Design Studio.

The Institute for Art and Olfaction is a 501(c)3 non-profit based in Los Angeles, CA. The Institute for Art and Olfaction advances public and artistic engagement with scent. We do this by initiating and supporting arts projects that utilize the medium of scent, by providing accessible and affordable education in our experimental laboratory as well as in partnership with institutions and community groups, and by celebrating excellence in independent and artisan perfumery through our yearly award mechanism, The Art and Olfaction Awards. Through these efforts, we extend the world of scent beyond its traditional boundaries of appreciation and use.

For press inquiries please contact:

Maxwell Williams, Press and Communications Officer - 213-271-6145

bottom of page