Ceramic, incense

30 x 10 x 4 cm  

With the outstanding example of Marcel Duchamp, as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, Kay Walkowiak opens up a cultural dialogue between traditional beliefs in ghosts and spirits in Asian culture and the concept of „Hauntology“ by the French philosopher Jacques Derrida. Hauntology as a nature of being is an idea that inherently embeds the realm of the past in that of the present, the ghosts of the past returning to haunt us.

The ceramic object Wedge of Worship (2016) is a slightly modified replica of Marcel Duchamp’s famous erotic object "Wedge of Chastity“ (1964). Turned into a functional incense holder - an objects that can be found in shrines and temples throughout Asia - the ceramic piece can be seen as an object of worship dedicated to the life and work of the famous artist.

Text: Soulangh Art Space, Tainan 2017
Photo: Studio Kay Walkowiak