In this project, I set out to create a sculpture that addresses the corruption and gambling issues that our country faces. I quickly found out how difficult it was to brainstorm what I wanted to do with the soap. I quickly adapted, by using a thinner blade to carve out my soap and using a template, both quick improvements in the quality and similarity of my soap sculptures. My creative and original styles that I carved on my second and third poker chip really looked much nicer than more traditional designs of chips. In the future, I need to be more careful with my tools and materials. I think I can build off of some of the techniques and ideas I learned from this project towards the next couple sculptures. If I did this project again, I’d have better skills going into it, which would help me complete it faster, and and more efficiently. Being malleable like it is, soap presents difficulties with how soft and breakable it is. The ability to be firm enough to get done what is needed, but not so much that it damages the piece was a big challenge. This project definitely helped teach me more of an artist’s touch; which, I think is going to put me in a place to succeed in upcoming projects. I felt that this issue, corruption and gambling, is a big problem. I have a friend who had started to develop a bit of a gambling problem, on sports games. As a his friend, I’ve been helping him out, and he’s gotten a little better. The thing is, I don’t want anyone else to have to deal with the same thing. I could see the problems it was presenting him, but he couldn’t stop. Corruption is also a pretty big issue to me. Our state has also historically had a pretty apparent and bad corruption. It has really costed us as a state in the whole of the economy. I know a man who lives two blocks away from my house who the most recent Blagojevich corruption issues caused him to lose his house, his family, and his way of life. It really does have direct consequences that can even be seen around our city. For these reasons, I chose to have my sculpture represent corruption and gambling.