KEEP THE DUST OFF
“clean your desk, wash the dishes, clean the floor, wash your clothes, wash your toes, change the baby’s diaper, finish the report, correct the typos, mend the fence, keep the customer happy, throw out the stinking garbage, watch out don’t put things in your nose, what shall I wear, I have no sox, pay your bills, don’t litter, save string, wash your hair, change the sheets, go to the store, I’m out of perfume, say it again—he doesn’t understand, seal it again—it leaks, go to work, this art is dusty, clear the table, call him again, flush the toilet, stay young.”
Responding to Mierle Laderman Ukeles’ ‘Manifesto for Maintenance Art’ (1969), Keep The Dust Off perpetuates a conversation about care, maintenance and routine outside and within art practice.
'Green Tea' video. 'Brushing, bathing, oiling.' audio. S1 Artspace, 2016. With Natalie Finnemore, Anna McQuillin and Emily Musgrave. Photos by Jules Lister.