All is dust, 2011
Two gold leaf forms encased in paper 45 cm diameter
Series of unique pieces
All is dust is composed of two handmade gold leaf forms made according to the traditional Thaï technique of hammering more than 4,000 times many pieces of 99.6 karat of gold in order to create the finest, thin gold leaves.
The leaves were collected and patched again into two concentric forms of gold with a 45 cm diameter.
All is dust was the artist’s proposal for an exhibition of works that contained potential changes. After asking Thaï artisans to envision a size in gold that could retain the finest thickness, but that could also allow for someone to remove the form from the paper that encloses it, they decided upon a diameter of 45 cm.
The artist subsequently sent the two gold leaf forms to the curator and invited the curator to “reveal” the piece in the exhibition space, by opening up the folded paper which enclosed it. The curator or the collector is free to decide how to install / show the piece. For Pratchaya Phinthong two different gestures of delegation create an endless refor- mulating dialogue which is the aim of his, and this work.