Dust Project

 

The Dust Project is an intensive, on-going study of dust as a subject and material in my artistic practice. It is a substance and subject as diverse as its components; dust can include hair, skin, fibers or the fragments of stars. Dust is everywhere and all things become dust; there are few activities that do not result in its creation. My work explores the substantiality and materiality of a subject that seems to be almost insubstantial, immaterial. I also challenge the notion that dust is “dead” or inert as it is actually part of much larger cycle. This project eventually became a springboard for future work about cycles of decomposition and recomposition, shedding and renewal, metamorphosis and temporality.

Dust and Hair, Silver Gelatin Print, 16"x20"

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From Beneath the Piano No. 7, Silver Gelatin Print, 16"x20"

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From Behind the Bathroom Door No. 11, Silver Gelatin Print, 16"x20"

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Dustscape No. 18, archival pigment print

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Dustscape No. 72, archival pigment print

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Dustscape No. 10, archival pigment print

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Dustscape No. 1, archival pigment print

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Dust Study No. 111, archival pigment print

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Dust Study No. 42, archival pigment print

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Dust Study No. 22, archival pigment print

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Infinity Dust Scarf, 6"x10"x1"
Infinity Dust Scarf, 6"x10"x1"

Spun and knitted dust. Infinity Dust Scarf closes the loop between the human body and the dust from which we all arise and return. Inspired by the fact that human skin cells are its primary component, the artist hand-spun and knit a gallon of dust into an article of clothing indexical to the body. The piece simultaneously reunites what was fragmented while also examining the futility of such an act, thus confronting human mortality and the impossibility of reconstituting the self.

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Infinity Dust Scarf, 6"x10"x1"
Infinity Dust Scarf, 6"x10"x1"

Stills from videos documenting the making of Infinity Dust Scarf

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Infinity Dust Scarf, 6"x10"x1"
Infinity Dust Scarf, 6"x10"x1"

Stills from videos documenting the making of Infinity Dust Scarf

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Infinity Dust Scarf, 6"x10"x1"
Infinity Dust Scarf, 6"x10"x1"

Spun and knitted dust. Infinity Dust Scarf closes the loop between the human body and the dust from which we all arise and return. Inspired by the fact that human skin cells are its primary component, the artist hand-spun and knit a gallon of dust into an article of clothing indexical to the body. The piece simultaneously reunites what was fragmented while also examining the futility of such an act, thus confronting human mortality and the impossibility of reconstituting the self.

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Infinity Dust Scarf, 6"x10"x1"
Infinity Dust Scarf, 6"x10"x1"

Spun and knitted dust. Infinity Dust Scarf closes the loop between the human body and the dust from which we all arise and return. Inspired by the fact that human skin cells are its primary component, the artist hand-spun and knit a gallon of dust into an article of clothing indexical to the body. The piece simultaneously reunites what was fragmented while also examining the futility of such an act, thus confronting human mortality and the impossibility of reconstituting the self.

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The Trace, archival pigment print
The Trace, archival pigment print
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