Have you ever thought of any other uses for all the dust bunnies that you sweep off your living room floor? Pennsylvania-based artist Suzanne Proulx has. Her artwork, Bunny Sculptures, are composed by fabricating pieces of dust and lint. It started when Proulx, an assistant professor at the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, was commissioned by Febreeze Air Purifiers to create the sculptures from using 40 pounds of dust.
To make the sculptures, Proulx first had to build interior skeletons to support the exterior mesh body parts for the dust patches to adhere to. She then sprayed the separate parts with an adhesive and shellac, before sewing them together accordingly. The project, however, didn’t come without sacrifice. During the process, Proulx actually discovered that she was allergic to dust.
She credits friends, neighbors, and students for help in supplying the dusty medium for her. “People were very helpful… some sent packets of bunny fur through the mail. My students gave me lint from the dormitory laundry machines, while others reached out through Facebook.” As odd as Suzanne’s bunny sculptures may be, they can always be a reminder to try and look outside of the box and see the world in an alternate perspective.