The use of ritual is present in the story of ‘Antigone’ and as stated in Teresa Stoppani’s essay ‘Antigone’s Dustings: coatings, revolutions and the circularity of dust’: ‘Antigone’s dustings, in their repetition, enact a form of disagreement from within that opens a way for the irruption of change in society’ -Teresa Stoppani, 2017
The simplicity of Antigone’s political motion made the cleaning and the dirt collected from the porch felt like an important act that could potentially have a greater undertone of themes such as the fragment and the fragmented skin of the ground, and that of the possible new or maintained.
The circularity of dust is intrinsic to the verb ‘to dust’, intended both as to ‘remove something, cleanse a place, and as its opposite: to ‘sprinkle something with a small portion of powdery matter, as in “to make dusty. It is this circularity of ‘dusting’ which informed the final position of my artefact. It felt important to make an object that used this ritual in the process and had a use to my chosen site. I decided to receive the dirt and replace it with something which encapsulated the material and preserved the clean surface that I had left behind after laborious cleaning. I created resin pieces, which were made by collecting the dust in water from the porch, I then boiled it down so I was only left with the residue. I cast the resin in three layers, using the dust from the three days I cleaned from the porch, and in homage to Antigone ultimate act of three layers of dusting. I took the resin before it has fully cured from the initial mould, and slumped it over the porch steps, creating a 1:1 cast, or a new skin.
Resin Cast in situ, 2018. Resin, Dust.