A piece of microscopic dust, found on the surface of my hard drive, reconstructed in 3D and milled using a robotic arm to one-trillion times larger than the original.

I am fascinated by digital memory systems and how, despite seeming non-corporeal and entirely pure, they are in fact fallible and physical. Dust, being mostly made of human skin, makes this piece a self-portrait of sorts as well.

This made possible with help from Alex Chou and Matt Libera the Stevens Laboratory for Multiscale Imaging. The final piece was completed during a residency at the Center for New Art at William Patterson University, with special thanks to Michael Rees and Seth Bechtold.

Another view of the piece. The paint finish is meant to mimic both the way the dust appears under the microscope and the rendering as a 3D model.
The dust particle, covered in a coating of platinum, being sliced by the focused ion beam.
The imaged slices, after being aligned and the background removed (mostly a process done by hand).
Milling the final piece using the robotic arm at the Center for New Art at William Patterson University.

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