Slip-decorated earthenware, rubber and Nag Champa incense sticks
250 x 90 x 50 mm
Edition of 6 + 1 AP
£515.00 – £535.00
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An earthenware flip-flop with a marble-effect glaze which functions as an incense holder for twenty Nag Champa incense sticks.
Kaur’s insertion of twenty incense sticks into the flip-flop subverts the ideal of a spiritual ritual: by implementing a lowly object as a devotional device, Kaur humorously reflects on the cultural appropriation that is present in the contemporary wellness industry, whereby spiritual objects (e.g. incense sticks) and practices (e.g. meditation) are removed from their philosophical roots and commodified.
Each edition is unique so will vary from the piece pictured here.
Jasleen Kaur (b.1986, Glasgow, Scotland) is an artist based in London. Her work is an ongoing exploration into the malleability of culture and the layering of social histories within the material and immaterial things that surround us. Her practice examines diasporic identity and hierarchies of history, both colonial and personal. Fluidly moving between sculpture, video and writing, Kaur initiates work that enables her to make sense of what is out of view or withheld.
Recent and upcoming commissions include Tramway, Glasgow, Wellcome Collection, Touchstones Rochdale, Glasgow Women’s Library, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Hollybush Gardens. Her work is part of the permanent collection of Touchstones Rochdale, Government Art Collection and Crafts Council.