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Photograph - Library of Dust 1165

Library of Dust 1165

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    United States (printed)

  • Date:

    2006 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Maisel, David, born 1961 (photographers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    C-type photographic colour print

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased through the Cecil Beaton Royalties Fund

  • Museum number:

    E.438-2006

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This C-print photograph is printed on matte surface paper. This image is from a series that shows canisters containing the cremated remains of patients who died in the Oregon State Insane Asylum between 1883 and the 1970s. Variations in the chemical composition of the human 'dust' have caused each copper canister to corrode differently. Here the colour and form of this corrosion suggests the damp recesses of a cave, or the earth seen from space. But the grim basis for these images leads the viewer to consider a different kind of environmental issue: the final resting place of our bodies

Physical description

C-print colour photograph, depicting a corroded copper canister on a black background

Place of Origin

United States (printed)

Date

2006 (printed)

Artist/maker

Maisel, David, born 1961 (photographers)

Materials and Techniques

C-type photographic colour print

Dimensions

Width: 1219 mm, Height: 1650 mm

Historical context note

The canister depicted is one of over five thousand, containing the cremated remains of patients from the Oregon State Insane Asylum , 1883 - 1970.

Descriptive line

C-print colour photograph by David Maisel, depicting a corroded copper canister on a black background

Labels and date

This photograph is from a series that shows cans containing the cremated remains of patients who died in the Oregon State Insane Asylum between 1883 and the 1970s. Variations in the chemical composition of the human 'dust' have caused each copper canister to corrode differently. Within the series, colour and form suggest the damp recesses of a cave, or the earth seen from space. But the grim basis for these images leads the viewer to consider a different kind of environmental issue: the final resting place of our bodies. [01/2007 - 01/2008]

Production Note

Attribution note: Print is 1 of 1 at this scale, with one additional artist's proof.

Materials

Paper

Techniques

Printing

Subjects depicted

Canisters; Mortality

Categories

Photographs

Production Type

Limited edition

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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