17. September 2020
liquid shapes and soft edges
Art Collaboration by Urban Scents & Sabina Streeter
“In the same way a scent can elicit an image or memory - a picture, a sound or a taste can in turn inspire a scent.” - Marie Le Febvre
Magnificent Obsessions is a new collaboration between New York based artist, Sabina Streeter, and the exclusive fragrances, Urban Scents. Streeter’s artworks, which pay homage to the lushly beautiful and supremely stylish films of Douglas Sirk, mirror the “Sense Editions” perfumes and evoke the distinctive glamour of 1950’s Hollywood. The poetically dramatic titles of the movies are perfect inspirations for the uniquely elegant creations of Marie Le Febvre, the exclusive fragrance created for the project will be limited to 10 editions.
Known as the “Master of Melodrama”, Douglas Sirk (Detlef Sierk, 1897-1987) began his career in German theater and quickly moved on to direct numerous dramas, the most notorious starring Zarah Leander in “Zu Neuen Ufern” (1937) and “La Habanera” (1937) for UFA. Douglas Sirk and his wife fled Nazi Germany in 1937 via Italy and Holland, arriving in the United States, 1939. Initially he shot several independent films between 1942 to 1948 such as “Hitler’s Madmen“ and “Lured”.
His breakthrough in Hollywood came with the elegantly subversive Melodramas he directed for Universal Pictures, among others: “All I Desire“ (1953), “Magnificent Obsession” (1954), “All that Heaven Allows” (1955), “Written on the Wind” (1956), “Interlude” (1956), ”The Tarnished Angels”(1957), ”A Time to Love and a Time to Die” (1958), ”Imitation of Life “ (1959). Douglas Sirk retired at the height of his career and moved back to Europe in 1960. His films however were a tremendous influence on succeeding filmmakers such as Godard, Fassbinder, Almodovar, Lynch and Todd Haynes.
Incidentally, Sabina Streeter was fortunate enough to have met the legendary director personally on many occasions, he was a close friend of her parents, both filmmakers and writers in their own right.