Weapons… serve as distributions of transformation. The intention of pulling the trigger activates a broad spectrum of responses of defense + offense. Transformation through the piercing + penetration of a body by a bullet or shrapnel.
Soap… serves as agent of transformation. The act of washing + cleansing our external body is a transformative act of purification.
What appears as an icon associated with violence the Beretta, a hand grenade, an Uzi are in fact reconstituted forms of organic compounds infused with pollen (series 1) + dirt (series 2).
I present you with this visual duality of antithetical icons whose meaning + matter are transformed through the material construct of the object.
These mimetic representations of weapons are in fact delicate configurations of soap which can only be handled with protective gloves. The evidence of form is erasable through actual touch, thus our association of the form which is that of hard object is confounded by the ephemeral + fugitive chemistry of this cleansing agent.
Series 1: Stamen + pistol
To further the dialectic of material + form, Series 1 is a composition derived from the admixture of soap + pollen from the regal lily.
Why pollen? Why the regal lily?
Each spring, lilies bloom, transformed by the process of growth from a subterranean bulb to an aerial stupendous white sweet smelling flower. This cyclical growth process of renewal, I believe, forms the basis for the lily's spiritual association in the Christian religion with resurrection + transformation. On Easter Sunday the resurrection of Christ is celebrated with the evidence of white lilies displayed as symbols of renewal and transformation.
The association of the lily as a flower of transformation is evidenced in the ritual of marriage, where white lilies are arranged to evoke an association of purity + transformation from single individuals to the marriage of two individuals.
The ceremonies which surround the passage of death + burial often are accompanied by the use of the lily, to decorate the surroundings of the coffin or directly lain across the body as it is interned in the earth, signifying the ultimate transformation.
Hence the spiritual reference + inclusion of the lily's pollen embedded in the material agent of the weapon's construction.
Series 2: "Out damn spot."
The weapons are cast with the traditional cleansing agent soap embedded with dirt. Thus the conundrum no matter how much you wash.... you are still literally dirty. The normal process of cleansing is disturbed + disrupted by the additive of dirt, the antithesis of soap, the main ingredient of the weapon's material. A dirty weapon quite literally.
Each duality of appearance is presented in a utilitarian box provided by the postal service for shipping. Our society has been barraged with a media of fear such as this public service advertisement notifying the general population that unidentified boxes left in random locations, may have contents which could cause great harm. The tenor of these service announcements engenders a feeling of fear regarding our public well being + to some degree renders us uncertain of what to assume of the appearance of a box or a gun or a soap bar.