June 19, 2014
Ralf Schwieger was born in Germany and to specialized in fragrance chemistry in Berlin before joining a perfumery school in Grasse. He thinks of perfumery as something primary, requiring a highly developed sense of esthetics, yet always playful! Schwieger draws inspiration from the dynamic triangle between art, science and industry, textures and delicacy of insects, contemporary dance, nature’s force and the gentleness and vulnerability of animals. A multi-faceted perfumer, he has worked for leading Houses such as Hermès and Yves Saint Laurent, but remains sensitive to niche perfumery where he has created provocative scents as well.
Consenses Interview with Sally Taylor:
Your Name: Ralf Schwieger
Where you live: Brooklyn
Where you came from: Germany
Your Medium: Scent
The name of your work: Into the Blue
Without going back to the painting I sent you what do you remember about it?
The complimentary contrast of blue and orange.
What was your first reaction to the painting? (thoughts, emotions, memories, tastes, smells etc?)
I liked the expression of the girl, lost in contemplation of the sun, calm but with energetic contrasts.
If you had to choose one word to sum up the painting what would it be?Glowing
What emotion did it elicit?
What was the painting about in your mind? (Did it tell a story? Paint a picture? Etc.)
A woman contemplating near the beach at sun dawn, after a bath in the ocean, a sun bath.
What did you title your work and why?
“Into the Blue” Although the painting uses vivid colours associated with liveliness, I rather perceive “blue” emotions coming from the girl.
What part of your work came to you first?
I wanted to express the contrast of warm and cold.
Are there certain choices you made which mean something specific to you that the observer might not know?
I rather associated blue feelings or depression with sunshine, or better, on a sunny day, depression feels worse than on a gloomy day. Rain and other forms of precipitation are more joyful climate expressions.
Extra credit: Did you enjoy this project? More you want to say about your experience?
I enjoyed the exercise. Images or movies can be great inspirations for me as a perfumer. One of the most memorable projects I worked on had two movies as inspirational material.