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What Remains is Dust

In What Remains is Dust, artist Rebecca Keller meditates on memory and loss. Objects belonging to friends and family since passed rest atop white linens, covered by a blanket of pink dust made up of Keller's father's body powder and her mother's face powder. Visitors engage with the piece by sifting the dust onto the objects. After the objects become obscured by repeated dustings of powder, they are removed from the linens, leaving traces and silhouettes suggestive of missing bodies. In this video by Ted Brusubardis, Keller discusses the evocative potential of intimate yet common objects and the nature of memory.

This exhibition was presented at the Carthage College H. F. Johnson Gallery of Art, March 6-April 22, 2017, along with a second installation titled A Dangerous Proposition.

See also: A Dangerous Proposition