Drop the Dust: Flinders University City Gallery and touring nationally.

'Drop the Dust', Flinders University City Gallery and touring nationally 2010 - 2012

The works re-present geological, biological and cultural accumulations with a sprinkling of star dust. (“This stuff, still holding its ancient grains of primordial stardust, settles on Earth at a rate of one magical speck per square meter per day. Hannah Holmes, The Secret Life of Dust, publ. John Wiley & Sons Inc. 2001)

The story of Dust ranges from the cosmos to the kitchen to the invisible and infinitely small. One exhibition work refers to the highly visible 2009 dust storm that swept away the ancient sands in the centre of Australia. Other works refer to domestic environments whose dust reveals the secret life of the inhabitants. And another work refers to possible pre-life forms (diatoms)  that in reality are infinitely small, but are presented here in macro-scale.

The current study of Dust raises comparisons of collection and formation as processes, and how they interconnect under pressure, e.g.rag particles into paper and sand particles into rock formations. The materials for the artworks are all originally dusts; they are particle board, collected house dusts, powdered graphite, mineral powders, 100% rag paper, sand and constructed forms in mild steel with silver brazing.

As dusts become forms and then dusts again, the meaning of mortality is exposed.


Installation Flinders University City Gallery
Installation, Flinders University City Gallery
Accumulations Under Pressure
'Accumulations Under Pressure'
15cm (H) x 331cm (W) x 97cm (D)
Red sand, rag paper, red wood, light boxes
Accumulations Under Pressure: Loose Landform
'Accumulations Under Pressure: Loose Landform' detail
30cm (H) x 97cm (W) x 97cm (D)
Red sand, recycled paper, red wood, light box.
'Bottle Bush'
'Bottle Bush'
155cm (H) x 50cm (W) x 60cm (D)
Painted steel, acacia, plastic bottles and red sand from Amata.
G.E.M.S. Installation
Drop the Dust: 'G.E.M.S.' Installation
Shattered glass, steel, projection.
G.E.M.S. Detail 1
'G.E.M.S.' Detail 1
Shattered glass
G.E.M.S. detail 2
'G.E.M.S.' detail 2
shattered glass
G.E.M.S. Detail 3
'G.E.M.S.' Detail 3
Shattered glass
Secret Life of Domestic Dust - Nissan Hut Moss
Secret Life of Domestic Dust - 'Nissan Hut Moss'
14cm (H) x 14cm (W)
Silver soldered steel, powder coat, house dust.
Secret Life of Domestic Dust: Georgia's Archive
Secret Life of Domestic Dust: 'Georgia's Archive'
14cm (H) x 14cm (W)
Silver soldered steel, powder coat, house dust, glass, particle board..
Secret Life of Domestic Dust: Anna's Archive
Secret Life of Domestic Dust: 'Anna's Archive'
16.5cm (H) x 20.3cm (W)
House dust, powder-coated steel, silver brazing, glass, particle board.
Secret Life of Domestic Dust: Beggar's Velvet
Secret Life of Domestic Dust: 'Beggar's Velvet'
20.2cm (H) x 11.3cm (W)
Silver soldered steel, powder coat, house dust, glass, particle board.
Secret Life of Domestic Dust: Fleurieu Enigma
Secret Life of Domestic Dust: 'Fleurieu Enigma'
14cm (H) x 14cm (W)
Beach dust, powder-coated steel, silver brazing, glass, particle board.
The Secret Life of domestic Dust: Slut's Wool
The Secret Life of domestic Dust: 'Slut's Wool'
16.5cm (H) x 20.3cm (W)
Powder coated silver brazed steel, house dust, Fleurieu sand, particle board and glass.
Drop the Dust: Diatomic Fragment
Drop the Dust: 'Diatomic Fragment'
Charcoal on rag paper
Drop the Dust: Flinders University City Gallery and touring nationally.
'Spacescape'
205cm (H) x 515cm (W) x 2cm (D)
Particle board, mineral powders, glue


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