About The Artist

Perfume Lab

Black Baccara features the olfactory art and mixed media works of artist Kalliope Amorphous. Founded in 2010 as an extension of her work in experimental and conceptual art, Black Baccara is a one woman operation where each perfume oil is carefully crafted by the artist from beginning to end. From the initial aromatic concept, to the label design, to the final boxing, each perfume is created and hand-poured by Kalliope in either her New York City or Rhode Island studios.

Black Baccara blends are unique, complex, original mixed media recipes created by the artist in small batches using the finest perfumery materials to create an evocative sensory experience. Fans of Kalliope's visual art will recognize a similar aesthetic in her olfactory art and mixed media work. 

A natural, eclectic, and hereditary witch, Kalliope also offers unique, intention-filled ritual oils to be used in ritual and spiritual work. You will also find unique handmade art jewelry, curios, and one-of-a-kind mixed media works are added to the shop periodically as well as antique ephemera and antiquarian books from the artists personal collection.

Black Baccara is for everyone who wants to embrace the transformative and transportive power of fragrance and art, for the dreamers and poets in search of enchantments, for the outsiders and eccentrics looking for that elusive scent that encapsulates their personality, for old souls and romantics in search of the timeless and haunting, for those seeking carefully, powerfully crafted magic, and for everyone in search of a unique handmade experience.

You can view more of Kalliope's work on her website at www.kalliopeamorphous.com


 Artist Statement

Kalliope Amorphous

It is my goal to offer artful perfumes which not only defy the monotony of department store perfumes, but which also offer a glimpse into something deeper and unique. I approach perfume from an artist’s perspective and view each finished bottle as a small mixed media piece meant to bring you on a journey to a place where evocative narratives can be experienced and integrated into your own personal style. Perfume is art and it should create an aura as unique as the individual wearing it. 

Olfactory art allows me to explore many of the same themes that I explore in my visual art through a different and more sensory medium. Through it I can turn archetypes, myths, and memories into something tangible and evocative. My blends are inspired by dreams, memories, historical periods, mythology, poetry, emotions, and sometimes odd flights of fancy. I especially love exploring duality though creative fragrance blending, and you'll find this reflected in my palette of fragrances which explore themes that are light and dark, sweet and sinister, whimsical and melancholy, classic and strange. 

Perfume, much like music, utilizes the arrangement of notes and chords to provoke an emotional response. When I am creating a blend, the process is similar to writing a poem or creating an image. I craft each blend based on the emotional quality of each note or chord until the picture that I have in mind emerges in the story of the finished fragrance.

My art jewelry comes from a similar space and allows my affinity for the magical to come through in another form of wearable art. From the initial concept to the final touches, my goal is to craft timeless, evocative pieces no matter which medium I am working in. I hope that you will enjoy wearing my works as much as I love creating them.