ceramic soap dish, handmade soap, metal
6’ x 30’ x 7” installation
Wash is a wall installation comprised of one hundred oversized ceramic soap dishes supported by metal armatures. The dishes span a thirty-foot wide wall in the shape of a rectangle and are attached at heights ranging from three to six feet. Each porcelain dish holds a large bar of white handmade soap. This installation features a collection of specially crafted soap bars etched with racial slurs and epithets. Carefully set onto a wall of soap dishes, this arrangement invites participants to wash their hands with a bar, letting the ink flow from the letters and mix with the white suds and lather. The work explores what it is to be the object of ethnic, religious, sexist or homophobic insults, asking what it might take to cleanse disdainful speech from the collective consciousness. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., eloquently spoke about realising the deepest part of our humanity;
“We must all learn to live together as brothers or we will all perish together as fools. We are tied together in the single garment of destiny, caught in an inescapable network of mutuality. And whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. For some strange reason I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. And you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be”
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“Remaining Awake through a Great Revolution."