What happens to the artifacts of our civilized world when they no longer serve a purpose? Are they burned to the ground or left to collect dust? 2020 was simultaneously a year of great upheaval and unprecedented stagnation for the billions of people that call earth home. At a time when personal isolation was being championed as a civic duty, out-dated monuments to oppression were simultaneously being toppled through a collective uprising.
In Collecting Dust, Van Der Hout photographs still life scenes covered in layers of dust and decay showing the accumulation of time and neglect.
By covering recreated Dutch vanitas paintings and famous artworks, in dust Van Der Hout imagines what our most prized artworks would look like in a world long neglected. What would it look like when all that is left to do is collect dust? The butterflies in the vanitas arrangements offer a note of hope - a symbol of the renewal that is possible after civilizations collapse and nature renews itself.
The series is printed in an umbrella edition of 9
8"x10" | 16"x20" | 40"x50"
Little Dancer, 2021
Balloon Dog, 2021
Winged Victory, 2021