Mixed Media > Wash

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.

ceramic soap dish, handmade soap, metal
20’ x 8' x 8' installation
2020

Wash Installation
Proposal

Linguists Essays on Wash
Notes on Doug Beube's Wash by Michael Adams
A Semantic Description of Slurs by Cecelia Cutler
Slurs, Denial, and Subtleness by Hiram Smith

Performance Arcade 2020 - February 26 - March 1
Artist Page
Wash Definitions List
Participant Washing Soap

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
2020
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
2020
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
2020
Wash
2020
Wash
2020
Wash
2020
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
2018
Wash
2020
Wash
2020
Wash
2020
Wash
2020
Wash
20 x 8 x 8 ft.
2020

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."