This proved to be another busy month for me. My wife and I
moved from Arizona to Ohio and as a result I was able to gather
dust from only one, but very fitting, location.
Ohio greeted us with the snug air of August humidity and the
color green. I obtained multiple dust bunnies from our empty
moving truck after unloading all of our accumulations into
our new place. Fortunately, we were able to position the back
of our truck in a way so that the ramp extended perfectly
to the entrance of our new home. We had rented moving blankets
to protect favorite belongings and labored to remove these
scratchy fabrics into a pile just outside the truck. The emptier
the truck became the more dust and lint clumps I noticed and
realized each were cast with a pale blue hue generated by
the shifting and shaking of our stuff under all the moving
blankets. This dust is the dust of transport, of moving, where
one might usually imagine the accumulation of dust as a result
of stasis. More importantly, this dust records the efforts
of my wife and I to protect our accumulations so that we might
enjoy them equally as much in this new place as we did in
our old place.
I plan to acquire dust in two ways. Initially, I will ask
for permission to sweep a chosen site and document the process.
If permission is not granted or if I find myself in a place
that seems to be an interesting opportunity for gathering
dust, I will then obtain my accumulate in a covert fashion.
This means I will inconspicuously search for dust clumps on
the spot and document the site, rather than the process.
will be gathering dust from two different places a month as
my contribution to the Accumulation Project. From each bag
of dust I obtain I’ll manipulate the dust bunny into
different shapes and make a series of photograms on cyanotype
paper. As the dust bunny assumes this new pictorial form,
it takes of the appearance of a cloud in a deep blue sky and
subtly forms a connection between a nuisance remainder of
human existence and the ephemeral behavior of the weather
overhead. Each series of “clouds” will be placed
into a book that I’ve assembled specifically for that