Houses That Crumble

When I see these photos, I think of houses that crumble.

In doing a bit of research for my Dust to Dust posting, I discovered this interesting collection of uses for dust. Who knew something so decorative could come from the dust bin.














Columbian artist Maria Adelaida Lopez, cleaned houses to support herself through art school in Philadelphia. "Her series of Dust Houses are toy doll houses covered over in vacuum cleaner lint, representing the themes of domesticity and the other, the ideas of cleaning up after oneself and putting one’s house in order."




















Currently, Maria is an artist and educator in Miami, no longer cleaning houses for others.

She says about here work,

My home and other people's environment My own intimacy and the discovery of others Ethnicity connected by the same secrets of life The study of their dust Through wasted minimal things Archeology of domestic experience Theirs and mine Territories in common: Nature of human being, “Survival of the fittest” Struggle for life The best adapted To clean themselves: Purification of the soul To pick them up: My job.

Thanks to Art MoCo for the find.

Jul 10, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

All that effort--for what?

I have a real, all natural, full-scale version and I didn't have to do ANY work at all!

Jul 10, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

Extreme Makeover

I'd say the models need an extreme makeover, home edustion.

At minimum, each needs a coat of Dustch Boy or Lumite paint. Pet-roleum-based will work best since the house must be prepped by dry-cleaning it using a chinchilla to give it a dust bath and rid it of any dust mites.

If it is a home o'ciliac, its trim--every eave--must also be shaved. For routine maintenance and upkeep, use a Tasmanian Dirt Devil.