An Ordinary Kind of Ornament is an ongoing series of installations in which dust is transformed into ornamental carpets. Beginning in 2007, Hannah has completed more than 15 temporary editions of this work in Australia, USA, Hong Kong, and Singapore ranging in size from 2x3m to 5x7m. The dust used has been collected from streets, sheds, vacuum cleaners, studios, prison cells and museum basements. No adhesive is used in the process so accidental footsteps, curious fingers and insects can effect the work. For images of the deterioration see the 'Entropy' menu.
The objective of the work is to explore the possibility of preciousness within the incidental. By symbolically using the language of ornament - which simultaneously adds value and is functionally superfluous, it seeks to highlight the ambiguity of preciousness. The fragile and temporal existence of the work shifts the value of the object to the transient realm of experience and to focus on the preciousness inherent in the everyday.