Paul Hazelton’s fascination with dust originated from a deprivation from these often unappreciated forms of matter. Brought up in a pristine home, the British visual artist was only allowed to draw with a pencil in the sterile setting of a covered table, where even the dust of his graphite pencil were swiftly rubbed and cleaned away. These forbidden particles would later preoccupy his practice.
Through the medium of graphite, Hazelton creates complicated structures, like mind maps, with messages and ideas being transmitted along their pathways. The subjects of his drawings, although recognisable, become geometric webs of threadlike lines.
Hazelton takes his technique further by creating real three-dimensional structures of collected particles of dust. His structures and drawings reflect the way in which dust is integral to the living and breathing, and their environment. The relation between beings and geometry has become a metaphysical quest for Hazelton, trying to understand the human pursuit for perfection when in the face of decay.
Great Futures for Dirty Particles
Paul Hazelton was shortlisted for the 2017 edition of the prestigious John Ruskin Prize. His work has been presented in many high-profile exhibitions throughout the UK, America, and in Europe.