Jessica Maurice, Spare Change

I started off the project unsure on what my soap sculpture should represent. So many different problems in the world filled my head and I couldn’t decide which one I should make. I finally chose the idea of poverty because of its global and local effect. Nearly 1/2 of the world’s population, more than 3 billion people, live on less than $2.50 a day, and in Chicago 1.3 million people below the poverty line. I chose to represent this by making soap pennies to place in the plaster hands. I started off carving the soap in shape of pennies and adding details on them. I used both of my hands to do the plaster molding so the hands would be holding the pennies together.


I think I did very well on the details and and encompassing the theme of poverty into my piece. After doing this project, I realized how much focus it takes to make the tiny details and how challenging it is to make sculptures this small. If I did this project again (or if I had more time) I would make more coins other than pennies. For the next project, I will try to fit as much detail into my sculpture in the amount of time I’ve given.

(Progress of where I started to the finished product)

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2 thoughts on “Jessica Maurice, Spare Change

  1. Jessica,
    I really like your project and your idea to represent poverty! You did a great job setting up the coins in your hand for the picture and your edits look good, but next time I would try to take pictures where you could see as much detail as possible. Regarding the coins themselves, I agree that for future projects you could focus more on details. The shape and overall appearance of the coins was spot on, but I think they would have been even better if you added detail like ridges on the sides, or more detail on the both sides. Overall, I think you did a great job on representing poverty!


  2. You did a great job with the details on the coins. They look very realistic! I also like they way you placed the coins in your hands. I really like that you chose coins to represent poverty. I think that if you had more time you could add more detail on the sides of the coins and the faces.


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