Consensus & Solidarity, NOOR KAMAL

In this ivory soap sculpture with a plaster hand as a showcase for it, I aimed to create a bottle of glue being treasured in one’s cupped hands. Delicately carving the soap, I successfully indented precise details that were essential to making a glue bottle look like one. Using tools designated for small designs was my favorite part of creating the sculpture, because they were almost like putting the ‘final touches’ or my own spin to the bottle. In order to create a mold of the cupped hands, I had to submerge my hands into cold, purple alginate. The plaster was poured in and hardened after a couple days. Peeling the hardened alginate off to get to my plaster hands was most-likely my least favorite part, because I hated the jelly-like feeling of the alginate. Once I put the sculpture on the plaster hands, I felt extremely satisfied; I wanted to create a sculpture that really encapsulated something involving current events, and got one! For me, this sculpture has personal meaning as well as a universal one. The glue represents solidarity and the bonds between our nation, and the hands treasuring it show how precious these bonds are. With all that is happening around the nation right now, it is almost like our nation is divided; in order to glue it back together we must demonstrate trust, love, and work against fear. We the people must redefine the idea of a nation, for one nation cannot be splintered at this crucial time. As a Muslim woman of color, I hope that our country continues to follow the path of love, and abolishes current misconceptions. I hope that we can get rid of fear, and confront it too. I hope that we can really, truly, become one.