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)