Cotton, scent, 2014.
Schmitz’s piece ‘Untitled (1994-2014)’ offers the viewer an autobiography through scent. Panels of cotton fabric brush against viewers as they make their way through the space releasing scents of past and present selves, grandmothers, mothers, friends. Schmitz plays on the sensorial ability of scent to transport us instantaneously to another time and place, reliving and reminiscing about the pains and joys of growing up, the family and friends now gone and the places never traveled. Viewers fumble through the scented veils bumping into and sweeping by each other.