Surrogate divices : the best smell 1986-1992

lucy derickson

Repurposed pewter, glass, rubber stoppers, “Cling Free” vintage dryer sheets largest piece 5''x14''x5''


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I create a world of handmade tools, devices, that call attention to our human needs. More specifically, I investigate how devices allow us to experience the world and extend our senses.

The Best Smell, 1986-1992 stores and expels the smell of laundry. The device contains dryer sheets my mother used when I was young enough to be delighted to find the mysterious, scented foam squares hidden in my clean clothes. 

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