The Fragrance of Groundbreaking Art?
Awardee Josely Carvalho will create bespoke scents for Creative Capital!

Pioneer of immersive art installations and experiments with smell, Creative Capital artist Josely Carvalho invents unusual fragrances such as Affection, Absence, Illusion, Pleasure, Emptiness, and Persistence.

Suspensio: An interruption in Time by Josely Carvalho. Olfactory Art Keller, New York, 2021. Photo: Alex Trippe

Now you can collaborate with Josely to create custom fragrances for Creative Capital! Suggest words or phrases that remind you of Creative Capital and she will translate selected words into smells with her lab in Brazil. The scents will be captured in a set of four crayons.

Go wild—it doesn’t have to be an actual scent in real life! Examples: Oxygen, hope, desire, orchards, skin, energy…

Enter via Instagram by March 1, 2022 for a chance to win a set of limited edition crayons! We’ll be giving away 10 sets of Creative Capital x Josely Carvalho crayons in September 2022.

Diary of Smells: Glass Ceiling by Josely Carvalho. Museu de Arte Contemporânea de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil, 2018. Photo: João Caldas.


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Josely Carvalho was among the first cohort of grantees to receive a Creative Capital Award in 2000.

More about Josely Carvalho’s work.