Clean Me


a)  Used bars of soap, sebum, excretion, hair, water, smell
b)  Dimension variable
c)  2018

When my father’s soap had been used and scrubbed into a thin slice, the remnant would always be attached to another brand-new soap – by my mother – for continuous bathing. Seeing these commodities were being washed and worn down against my whole family members’ outer skin day after day, I started to recall each moment that I might have interacted with my father in the past. In fact, it is rare for me to make eye contact, have a conversation or even physical contact with him, except for sharing similar damp air at home only. However, interestingly, through a bar of soap our alienated relationship is being passively and silently correlated in the bathroom every single day, with our sebum, excretions, hairs and steam blended.

I have been curious about these moments that happened in the bathroom, wondering about how the family subconsciousness and intimate connection were being constructed at a local level with households and communities. This moved me to collect these ‘mutual objects’ as well as to conserve the mixed states of them – such as the shape, split, mildew, bubble, sebum, and familiar smells, which had been left over surface of the soaps – before they get gradually consumed.

Family subconsciousness implies a relationship throughout time and space. Through this perspective, I repeatedly cleaned the floor and walls of the exhibition space using these collected bars of soap in order to both extend a domestic atmosphere and integrate an intimate relationship into the art space. In other words, the concept of ‘home’ was extended outwards through my home. The scent of the soap, as well as the interaction between cutis of my body and surface of the space were acting as a medium to represent the interacted trace, traces of time, and impression of affections. Also, I view this found object as an object of recleaning which outlines and explores the individual mentality in a family.