Dust is an enduringly temporary material. It is elusive and ephemeral, yet has the possibility of returning anew and the persistence of never being gone. Its circularity is further located in the verb ‘to dust’ – to cover with and/or to clean away.
A decorative installation/performance will be created during Mildura Palimpsest Biennale #10. Each day the artist will work, re-work, erase and transform the installation.
This performance/installation will use dust collected from locations around Mildura, combined with dusts from previous installations.
Viewers are also invited to gather dust and bring it to the performance for inclusion in the work.
Hannah Bertram’s practice investigates the ambiguity of value, the transformation of worthless materials and the passing of time.
Throughout Bertram’s practice the complex position of Ornament – that simultaneously adds value and is functionally superfluous – is used to transform banal materials into temporary installations. By combining decorative motifs with worthless materials, these works offer an alternative experience of preciousness in which value is found not in the perpetuity and richness of ornamented objects, but within subtlety of transient experience.
Hannah Bertram completed a Bachelor of Fine Art in 2003 and a Master of Fine Art in 2005 at RMIT Melbourne. Her ephemeral works have been widely exhibited throughout Australia and Internationally. She is currently a lecturer at Deakin University Melbourne.