Mea Culpa

The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN

4 x 5 x 6 ft. Site-Specific Installation. Multiple media: soap, ink, embossed text, faucet, sink. This piece addresses the relationship between the cleansing of the body and the cleansing of the soul. Body parts have been cast in soap and arranged in a crucifixion pose. The continuous dripping of blue ink stains the surface of the sink in which a block of soap with the embossed text “mea culpa” is resting. The ink represents troubled consciousness, language, and guilt.

View of the piece from above as installed in The Soap Factory

View of the piece from above as installed in The Soap Factory

  • View of the piece from above as installed in The Soap Factory
  • Detail of the soap block showing the feet
  • Detail of soap blocks showing face and chest
  • Detail of soap block showing the hands
  • Detail of soap block on sink with embossed text and ink