Hannah Bertram’s recent work explores the ambiguity of permanence and impermanence using the medium of dust. Emerging From and Disappearing Towards Dust investigates the relationship between ephemeral art and documentation, the material and poetic possibilities of dust in relation to time, and the melancholy experience of preservation and loss in order to articulate concepts of ‘enduring temporality’. Bertram’s work raises questions about what we seek to preserve, what we identify as worthless, and the paradox of experiencing life as perpetual, knowing that we return to dust.
This exhibition comprises part of the VCA School of Art PhD Program.
Download the roomsheet [PDF, 123kb]
Download Hannah Bertran's The Dust Archive 2013-Ongoing(2017) [PDF, 47kb]