A California-based artist named Eden Gorgos is captivated by all things morbid and she has created a line of handmade skull shape soaps called “Art Of Dying” that are “symbolic of the brevity of life.”
More often than not, we get so busy in our lives with trivial problems that we tend to forget that our time is limited. A California-based artist named Eden Gorgos is captivated by all things grim and morbid, and due to her attraction to the macabre, she has created a line of handmade skull shape soaps called “Art Of Dying” that, in her words, are “symbolic of the brevity of life.”
Although these handmade soaps remind us that none of us can escape the steel-cold embrace of death, they actually look quite stunning. According to Gorgos, her soaps are all “scented with the essence of citrus, earth, and sensual flowers” and are made “with coconut oil, colored with natural clay/herb/flower, and formulated to moisturize without sacrificing lather.”
In an exclusive conversation with BoredPanda, Gorgos said, "I love funerary art. Particularly the Vanitas style of the renaissance period, Memento Mori having a fitting overlap there. Both motifs are representative of impermanence and, philosophically, are a call to reflect not just on mortality but where we place value (earthly pleasures, amounting possessions, ego). I really wanted to capture the aesthetic of the classic art style as well as the death wish message behind it and soaping made sense as a more or less subtle delivery. Remember, nothing lasts forever.”
She continued, "I was actually introduced to cold process soaping by a good friend and was totally impressed with the pure alchemy of it. I thought it would be a wonderful way to challenge myself both artistically and in a practical sense” Gorgos said that over the years, she has tried a few different mediums, but she is happiest when she works with her hands.
She added, "There’s something really primal about digging in and making a form from nothing but your imagination and basic materials. Also, I suck at painting. I am very excited and humbled to have found an audience for what I do, and I hope to continue making products that resonate with people in the years to come. I’m already working on concepts for new soaps and, hopefully, a mask or two. You haven’t seen the last of me.”
Although they are not currently in stock, you can check out the soaps here.