NSCAD Graduation Catalogue

2016

Amelia Hartin

BFA Interdisciplinary

Minor in Art History

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Pears Candy Soap Stock Photo Setup
In the domestic setting, soap is symbolic of care, cleansing, and renewal. In this piece I work to invert these symbolic associations to explore soap as a metaphor for domestic trauma. Washing a child’s mouth out with soap is a common punishment for verbal transgressions. In this instance, the sugar soap would provide for a pleasurable experience. Likewise, using this soap for its original purpose would leave the bather sticky and unclean. A plaster cast of the interior of the original box hints at the material inversion.

Can’t I Lever (22-caliber soap shot test)
In the domestic setting, soap is symbolic of care, cleansing, and renewal. In this piece I work to invert these symbolic associations to explore soap as a metaphor for domestic trauma. This piece consists of twenty-two casts of a bar of soap shot through by a 22-caliber rifle. The original artifact is an unintentionally poetic object which is the product of my father’s lesson on gun safety to my then eight-year-old sister. Rachael was given two bars of the cheapest brand of soap, Life, and instructed to attempt to pierce one with a pencil, the other with the rifle. “Now, do you see how easy that was with the rifle?” asked my father. “That’s why guns are dangerous.” The supporting cantilever-style shelf and the arrangement of the bars recalls Carl Andre’s ‘Lever,’ a line of 137 fire bricks. This represents an attempt to connect my personal experience to the canon of largely male-dominated avant-garde sculpture.

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