Cartouche by Marissa Zappas

Wednesday 22 May
 – Tuesday 10 Sep, 2019

Anthropologist and perfumer Marissa Zappas created a custom scent inspired by Elsewhere to diffuse throughout the Landscape Project Space.

#immersive Season-6

Everyday, we encounter hundreds of smells and are rarely conscious of them. Since there is no language for smell, we often rely on feelings, colors or tastes as scent descriptors. Attempting to put words to smell is an exercise in memory. Marissa encourages each patron to practice describing what they smell in the space. Her olfactive designs aim to encourage experiences of pleasure, repulsion, playfulness and uncertainty. The cartouche acts a magical amulet or guard against forgetting. A cartouche is typically an ancient scroll which bears the name of the person it is accompanied by or buried alongside. When these holy scripts which guarded names, bodies, graves and signatures were stolen or vandalized, it was theft of the guarding itself. Cartouche was also the name of a great thief “par excellence” from eighteenth-century France. Notes are incense, orris, papyrus, heliotropin and orange.


Marissa Zappas is an anthropologist turned perfumer. She received her MA in Anthropology from The New School for Social Research (2015). Her work explores the history of perfumery as it relates to the history of cemetery construction, specifically during the French Revolution. She also writes about perfume as an object of anthropological inquiry and how it acts as an extension of the body. She trained her nose under the mentorship of Master Perfumer Olivier Gillotin at Givaudan (2015-2017). She is now a freelance scent designer and founder of Redamance, a collection of perfumes, where each fragrance is an homage and olfactive portrait of an overlooked woman history. Redamance centers the experiences of women and their relationship to their bodies through perfume. She is also a poet and dancer.

Cartouche by Marissa Zappas