What’s the value of an artwork made with common and ephemeral materials? For American artist Hannah Bertram, they are very important. After all, she proposes an alternative experience, where the value of the works are not based on it’s perpetuity, but on it’s impermanence.
A proof of that is the curious project The Silence of Becoming and Disappearing, a kind of a site specific done on private houses that forms ornaments made of dust. The imagery created for each work is influenced by decorative elements in the homes, such as wallpaper, rugs, inherited objects etc.
The kind of dust used on each place is also well considered: from marble dust to cigarette ashes, the final material is always a residue related to the lifestyle of the people and their homes.
Since they’re placed in private spaces, the works last as long as their owners wish: in some cases they last only a few hours; in others they are protected by glass to last longer. Is also up to the owners decide whether or not to open their doors to the public. A big deal of them chose to share the works with other people – from unknown to friends and relatives.
Adding value to what isn’t traditionally estimated, Hannah Bertram created at least a precious series.
Site: Hannah Bertram