Dust



A series of drawings made in response to the cleaning of textiles in museum collections. The work responds to dust samples collected as part of conservation practices, which were examined using optical microscopes and scanning electron micrographs. I was interested in how particles of dust become transformed into objects that resemble precious stones when viewed under the microscope. Questions about the values associated with dust inform the work. Dust is something that contaminates and potentially harms textiles, but it can also be thought about as a physical trace of history, and as such, is something valuable. The drawing was made by lightly dusting natural pigments (mineral and plant based) upon a transparent drawing applied with a paint binder. Slides of the dust samples were shown alongside the drawings.