|Time erodes all things. Even the hardest of matter will ultimately become dust. From vast cities corroded by wind and rain, to coins, worn smooth by countless exchanges. The piles that fill our dwellings, in amorphous swathes under our beds and armchairs, forming filmy mists across our bookshelves and floors, march on unheeded despite our efforts, for all time, to contain them.||Beggar’s velvet, house moss and slut’s wool were all slang terms once used to describe dust, pertaining to its enduring legacy as the discarded and the insignificant. However, conversely old superstitions reveal that dust was also respected and feared: one was instructed to never remove entirely all the dust from a fireplace or home, as bad luck would fall upon on the household. The Essence of All Things celebrates this old ritual, creating something out of nothing and ensuring that all visitors, whether superstitious or not, leave the space with luck on their side.||House Moss, Slut’s Wool and Beggar’s Velvet - part of The Essence of All Things series of works - are three laser-cut polypropylene stencils between 60cm and 2m in width, which are placed within domestic or gallery spaces. Each stencil is sprayed with spray mount and then left to dry, leaving a tacky surface which over time dust adheres to.|
Exhibited at Extra Ordinary, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden.
|Design for House Moss stencil, 2003||Design for Slut’s Wool stencil, 2003||Design for Beggar’s Velvet stencil, 2003||House Moss [detail], 2003||House Moss in situ, 2003|