Salt Scrub engages with the notion of ‘purity’ from the perspective of the queer body. The work draws on the ritual of baptism, which signifies entry into the Christian church: spiritual purification and the ‘washing away’ of sin are symbolised through the pouring of water over the head, or full-body immersion. Along secular lines, the title and the vigorous scrubbing recall the everyday beautifying process of exfoliation: a morning ritual that often signifies waking up and beginning the day.

Encompassing both of these cleansing rituals, Salt Scrub seeks to move beyond the removal of uncleanliness or sin - which can be read as queerness, or queer acts - into a space of reinvigoration, bodily awakening, and transformation through the skin.