I’ve been wondering how soap could work as a sculptural medium.
I was thinking mainly about how it stands as a material with its connotations of cleansing, strong associations with the body, transformations between dirty/corrupt/tarnished and clean/new/pure.
Also about its physicality- it comes as a solid, is used with the addition of water. Can be melted, moulded, and re-hardened. But if left to dry out, it can shrivel and crack and take on a different form.
As a material with such mutability and bodily associations, it seemed logical to start experimenting with it.
Today i melted some plain bar soap down, and sort of crammed/spread it into some acrylic hemispheres and cardboard tubes. They’re in the freezer now.