PENNY McCARTHY

AN ENCYCLOPEDIA OF DUST

An Encyclopedia of Dust is now out of print, but a few copies still gather dust on shelves in old libraries. It was the first in a trilogy, of which Shadow Book is the second, and I’m still waiting to find time to work on the third volume.

These volumes examined the encyclopedia as a category of thought, reflecting on the pathos of believing that the encyclopedia might contain everything there is to know or that might be knowable. Both works continue to be exhibited in international shows. Ian Hunt wrote about Encyclopedia of Dust in Art Monthly:

An Encyclopedia of Dust moves between scales, species, and to areas of speculation that are not susceptible to proof such as waiting and dreaming. The overall effect is romantic sublime (…) you find yourself falling for it. An Encyclopedia of Dust is an authentically strange and monomaniacal work; looking closely, many of the illustrations seem to be drawn by the artist, not found, and that fact too is a bit scary. [1]

Information has been temporarily lost. The records will be updated soon.


[1] Hunt, Ian. October 01, ‘Thesubjectmatteroftenappearsinclusters’, Art Monthly issue 250, p 42

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