One Dust, an exhibition by American artist Jesse Payne, features a series of works that recreate the overwhelming sense of power and scale that sand storms possess, exploring both the fascination and fear brought forth by this natural phenomenon and emphasising the idea that we all come from one ‘dust’.
Going beyond its literal meaning, Payne uses dust as a metaphor for the obstacles and challenges that the region is facing during these tumultuous times. His brush strokes paint a picture of chaos, confusion and beauty of a region consumed by its own dust. In and amongst this, he invites the viewers to embrace that dust, to accept one another and to look forward for hope and a better tomorrow.
About Jesse Payne
Payne is currently an Assistant Professor in the Art Foundations Department at Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar. He is also currently a member of the 2018-2019 Artist in Residence programme. Launched in 2015, the nine-month programme is open to all Qatar-based artists and has grown to become a platform for artistic expression and growth. It provides artists in Qatar with the opportunity to develop their art practices and showcase their works to the world through media coverage, open studio nights, and a large exhibition at the end of the residency. During their residency, artists have access to their own studio space and can participate in networking sessions, collaborate with other artists, meet with mentors, attend monthly talks and events, workshops, and engage in community projects.