Copernican System, No. 1 (2009)    8x8x8 inches, Borosilicate glass

Copernican System, No. 1 (2009) 8x8x8 inches, Borosilicate glass

This multi-sphere perfume bottle has integral, independent chambers, holds six perfumes, and is related to my 2013 utility patent. The design emerged as I was thinking about layers of space as related to cosmology, with perfume representing the potential for a mutable, invisible, time-based sculpture that could model astronomical phenomena. I created the structural drawings in 2007, then worked on prototypes with scientific glassblower Bob Maiden from 2007-2010 to produce these as well as larger spheres like the Strange Attractor with nine layers (see below).

As models of embodied consciousness, the multi-spheres represent a concept I was introduced to by Athena Hahn in 2007, which comes from cognitive science and Lakoff and Johnson's theories about how we imagine our central self to be within a mind, within a body, within the world, etc.—one can keep building out the model to solar system, within galaxy, within galaxy cluster and supercluster, within universe, within..... The bottles also visualize a collapse of micro and macro structures like atoms and solar systems, challenging our anthropocentric notions of size, space and time.

My utility patent covers any shape/form for integral chamber containers of three or more layers. The structure will continue to be elaborated with new audiences by using the bottle for progressive sensory experiences that privilege taste and smell.

     Strange Attractor   (2008), installation view at Carl Berg Gallery, 6018 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA


Strange Attractor (2008), installation view at Carl Berg Gallery, 6018 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA

More about other projects in the series can be found in "Archive".