The Dust Art of Paul Hazelton

British artist Paul Hazelton makes sculptures from household dust. Pictured above is one example entitled "Moth-er", measuring about 4 by 5 centimeters. Hazelton writes:

As I work the dirt towards the immaculate and the immaculate towards the dirt, creation moves towards non-existence. It is here, where material almost becomes immaterial, that the immaculate and degenerate become one and the same. For in time, the dust settles and cleanliness gives way to degeneration - The muddle of youth slowly turns to the mud of old age and the soul returns to the soil.

For Picasso, who in later life suffered a morbid fear of degeneration and death, Art was to wash away from the soul, the dust of everyday life. Perhaps I have a morbid fascination, but I seem unable to separate the innocence of youth with the corruption that comes with age. The result is something quite fragile that dissolves from life.

Link via Geekologie | Photo: Saatchi Gallery

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It truly provides one with the opportunity for pause, and the contemplation of the source of the found objects. In this case, mostly flakes of human skin and pet dander.
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