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Car Accessory, Cast Lye Soap
Sierra Arts Foundation, Reno, Nevada, Septermber 2005

Small windows to our mass-market culture, product display shells are recovered to become molds for soap.The small, wall mounted castings have the look of alabaster stone carvings. The surfaces of the familiar forms are either semi-translucent and softly polished or broken. They are the result of varied time and temperature factors occurring in the saponification process.

The casts appear weighty and solid but, true to the nature of soap, erode quickly when exposed to water. Like the body, they bruise easily and degrade over time.

In showing this work, an ambiguous value is playfully conferred to remade forms of discarded plastic product shells and other packaging. It is the remade forms themselves that create the tension between the individual, handmade, object and the mass-produced commodity that gave them shape.

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