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Edward Lipski

The stacking of gods conceived by Edward Lipski (1966) in God Stack, is both attractive (the abundance of shapes delights the eye) and disturbing because of the omnipresence of an undefined black material. Beneath this material, which is neither hard nor soft in appearence, the artist has engulfed the porcelain representation of a Chinese divinity of whom only the finely decorated clothing is visible. Covered from head to shoulders in curious growths, in fact a multitude of beings from Chinese mythology, the sculpture oscillates between divinity and monstruosity.

This impressive amorphous mass seems to take on a metaphorical meaning while remaining indescribable. It is the aim of the artist to separate the artwork from words: What I’m trying to capture is a thing we don’t have a name for. Edward Lipski’s protean sculptures are located between a palpable meaning and vague sensations. His intention is not so much to shock as to create a zone for paradox, an uncomfortable space. My work may start with a disturbing impression which then leads you to a contradictory experience of nostalgia and disgust.


  1. Edward Lipski God Stack, 2007

    Mixed media
    100 x 50 x 50 cm
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Acquisition 2008
    Vue de l’exposition Premier étage – Second degré, 17.11.2010 – 10.04.2011, Mudam Luxembourg
    © Photo : Andrés Lejona | Mudam Luxembourg

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