Mixed Media > Wash

ethnic cleansing, soap sculpture, ceramic, text, CNC carving, otherness, belonging, ethnic slurs, racial slurs, refugees, life raft,
Ceramic soap dish, handmade soap, metal
6’ x 30’ x 7” installation

The fabrication of soap, dishes, metal armatures, engraving, and inking for the installation was a lengthy process. It took about four years of research and experimentation to arrive at the final construction. The hardness of the soap was critical for cutting text into its surface. With the help of a local soap maker, I experimented with various ingredients and hardening agents to arrive at a formula for the soap that was close to the firmness of a block of wood.