Thursday, November 3, 2011

Enjoy the little things. For one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.

"Enjoy the little things. For one day you may look back and realize they were the big things."

Ivory Soap, sponges, dry soap, paper towels,
found table cloth, place mat, metal platter, table
and china dish

The title of the work comes from a quote that was placed on the wrapping of one of many Ivory soap bars used in the work, the quote is by Robert Brault.  I started this piece by buying the silver platter at a thrift store.  Originally I had planned on placing the lemon bar sponge cakes around the silver platter, making them resemble tiles.  After I finished making the sponge cakes I liked the way they looked on the platter.  I also liked the idea of the fancy silver platter serving the object that cleans it.  I expanded on that idea by carving chocolates out of ivory soap and placing them in the pink dishes.  The china dish on the floor is filled with water, inviting the observer to kneel.  After getting the work into the space, I decided to paint the floor pink and used paper towels for wall paper.  The printed wall paper was made by placing a lace place mat over the towels and spray painting over it with pink.  The rug beneath the table is made from soap shavings.  The soap and the way it is treated causes the room to be overpowered with smell.  The smell is nice at first, but can be sickening if too much time is spent in the space. 

1 comment:

  1. Dana,
    Don't mind at all your using my quote, but do tag my name after it. Thanks. (Your work is fascinating, I must say.) rb