|See the work|
Paul is returning to his home town of Leamington in July for two exhibitions in Warwickshire. You can see his work free at the following:
The Loft Theatre, Leamington, 13 - 23 July 2005
The Where I Fell In Love Gallery, Shipston on Stour, July - August 2005
Contact the artist through the Master Duster link for more details.
It's not your usual holiday souvenir, but Paul Chisholm travels abroad and proudly comes home with collected dust.
|Eiffel Tower by Paul Chisholm (detail)|
He is slowly gaining a reputation for his rather unusual collection and their resulting art works. For over five years he has been collecting remnants from places of historic significance, great natural beauty and of ecological interest. These have included scraps from the Eiffel Tower, dust from the pyramids and dirt from Vatican City.
He now possesses an archive of around 350 samples from around the globe. It's not just an excuse to travel, as each sample he collects is unique in relation to the time, the place and the people who created it.
|The Pyramids Cairo by Paul Chisholm|
Paul is also interested in the life and death cycles in our ecosystem and sees his dust collecting project as a response to this. He says: "We are born, we live and then we die, eventually turning to dust but creating it constantly throughout our existence."
Then to paint
The processes the artist goes through to create the work could be categorized as forensics, archaeology, science and aesthetics. But at the end of all the travelling and scratching about in foreign lands, he comes home to paint.
|"What society perceives to be unclean and to be swept away, I preserve and present as tender and beautiful."|
|Paul Chisholm, artist|
By using a hi-tech microscope Paul uncovers the hidden intricacies of his collected samples. He then paints the abstracted, enlarged forms and exhibits his work either as paintings or prints.
|The Vatican City by Paul Chisholm|
Paul explains why he enjoys the twist on his view to common dust: "What society perceives to be unclean and to be swept away, I preserve and present as tender and beautiful."
If you've got an attachment to the dust in your home, or if you fancy a more lightweight souvenir to bring back from holiday (dust beats a straw donkey, right?) Paul offers a commissioning service, too.
He can paint from the dust from your home or special place to be immortalised into a print. Follow the Master Duster link on the top right to find out more.