The bars of soap are used as a substitute to an architectural unit to build and destroy. They echo old ruins, old books, old stones. The soaps’ ephemeral soft texture and their everyday use bring a touch of intimacy, fragility and modernity to the ancient world they are referring to.
On the other hand, even if I embrace the soap’s fragility, I also challenge it. So in some of my recent sculptures, I have been mixing soap with plaster, sand, concrete and paper to attempt to reinforce it.
In my installations, I try to create a space where the viewer can experiment the tensions between the past and the present. The soap becomes a recorder of traces, stains and engraved messages that people leave on the soft surface of the soap, intentionally or not intentionally.