The Odor Map

Materiality is one crucial element that forms the characteristics of my works, in that it is the material that shifts how one approaches an artwork, whether it be through visual, hearing, or scents. O†dour†Map†is an assemblage of various materials collected from various locations, curated and put in jars. These jars reveals a map of downtown Vancouver through scents. Each of the ten jars represents a different location in downtown Vancouver.

Chinatown- I borrow some herbs from my mom and put them inside, because I have noticed that there are a lot of store that sell herbs and traditional Chinese medicine. And I also add some incense inside to make it smells like inside the temple.

Waterfront Station- I just simply put a cotton that already absorb some liquid gas into the jar. Also, some flour to make the air inside denser.

Canada Place- some seaweed, some fresh water, some home air fresher, a few pieces of lemon… yep, this is the smell of Canada Place especially for the hotels around it.

Gastown- This place always smells super fresh and clean, and the restaurants on the both sides always smell like lemon water. And people walk by on this street most of time wear delightful perfumes.


East Hastings- The smell of this most horrifying place in downtown is so intense. It is filled with alchol, cigaratte and really bad perfumes.


Yaletown- Coffee shops, beauty salons, and home decoration stores, this place smells relaxing, enjoyful and elegant.


Library- I got a really really old book from book store, which smells exactly like downtown library — the smell of history and knowledge.


Grandville Street- This is a lovely place, people love the clubs and pubs on this street. And also Pizza Places.


English Bay- The smell of ocean.