A Series in Soap
Through our day-to-day interactions, items and places become endowed with psychological and haptic memory. My current body of work contrasts the durable rigidity of steel with the soft flesh-like and flesh-adjacent smoothness of soap.
Soap is hygroscopic; it will retain or lose moisture depending on the level of humidity. Inhaling and exhaling the air, soap breathes—shrinking, curling and cracking, it ages into its environment.
These sculptures recast seemingly mundane objects of daily domestic life as proxies for the people who live among them. Embodying both themselves and their human counterparts, these objects bear the dual burdens of self-care and the nurturing of others. Their monochromatic clarity and minimalism invite the viewer to psychologically inhabit them. By emotionally taking up residence in their unadorned spaces, viewers insert their own individual identities into the work. In this way, these objects serve as phenomenological mirrors, reflecting our own experiences and memories back to us.