Dust touches every aspect of our lives, both physically and metaphysically and is able to transmit powerful messages about our condition and environment. Hazelton’s dust work resurrects that obscure Anglo-Saxon word Dustsceawung that was once used to describe the viewing or contemplation of dust. This long lost English sentiment of reflecting on former civilizations and peoples in the knowledge that all things return to dust is imbedded in our collective psyche. By taking this formless material and transforming it into new semblances, Hazelton is able to, in the figurative sense, transport us to a state of liminality, a place where we see existence and non-existence come together.

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