These Ghostly Sculptures Are Made Out Of Something You Throw Out Every Day

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There”s no better feeling than dumping out your dust in the trash after a good sweeping or vacuuming of your home. After all, dust is mainly composed of shed skin, fibers, and hair (yum), and a good cleaning means you never have to think about it again. To artist Paul Hazelton, though, you”d be wasting a valuable artistic medium.

Hazelton uses regular household dust (and sometimes hair) to create these soft, ethereal sculptures that are at once delicate and impressive. They”re also kind of icky when you consider what they”re made from. This is especially true if you have allergies, as they might make you a tad itchy.



Rinascita dell”Arte Povera

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Death Duster

<i>Death Duster</i>

This skull, made from dust, is perched atop a household duster.

Hazelton collects the dust from his own house, as well as from the houses of his friends. He claims that fans have also mailed him dust. His pieces are freestanding, and some of them even incorporate dusters. Hazelton”s work explores ideas of time, history, family, and mortality.

Spontaneous Generationthe immaculate conception from dust

<i>Spontaneous Generationthe immaculate conception from dust</i>

This one incorporates human hair, which makes up a significant portion of household detritus.

Ghost of my Living Mother

<i>Ghost of my Living Mother</i>

Hazelton says this piece is based on a photo of his mom, an avid duster. He says it”s a meditation on the “different environments we grew up in; hers that had been made unsafe and dusty by the war and mine that was made clean and safe by a war on dirt.”

Mother Moth

<i>Mother Moth</i>

This piece also deals with Hazelton”s upbringing. He describes his mother”s house as immaculate, so much so that he was not allowed to be creative as a child. He calls this “an environment that nurtured obsessive behavior.”



Most people think of dust as something to get rid of. Hazelton sees dust as something with a potential for beauty. “Dust is a product of living,” he explains, “…yet people want to clear all evidence of it away. It is an interesting material to use to explore broad and sometimes difficult subjects (such as mortality) as everyone has a relationship with dust, in some way or another.”

Pink Dress

<i>Pink Dress</i>



Lady of Burmarsh

<i>Lady of Burmarsh</i>

(via Lost At E Minor)

Hazelton”s work also features a number of other unlikely materials, including lightbulbs, clothing, and old toys. You can see more of his creations on his website, and can also follow his work on Twitter.

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