SALT SCRUB

2017

 

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.