Burial, 2024
80” H x 27” W x 18” D
Buddha lamp (bought from England), lightbulb, XPS foam, gypsum, paint, flocking

A Buddha lamp is placed within an oversized packaging tray, occupying the head portion of a figure-shaped compartment and leaving empty where the body should be. The tray mimics industrial packaging and presents the severed head as merchandise.

The severed Buddha head originated as loot and was subsequently consecrated as cultural artifacts by art museums. In the 1920s, the Hollywood Regency style declared the Buddha head as furniture for extravagant homes, tacking on a lampshade to create the Buddha lamp. Since then, Buddha heads have been mass-produced and its identity transformed from loot to product. Today, it can be found in home goods stores, appealing to the cosmopolitan home decorator while also used as a symbol of mindfulness. This market enforces self-appropriation for profit: Asian manufacturers produce Buddha heads primarily for the foreign home decor market and not for local religious use.

Burial draws a connection between the museum environment from which the severed Buddha's heads gained their status and how these objects are now created and consumed. The void left by an absent body recalls the violent history that this product originates from, however, this Buddha head cannot return to its body as there was none to begin with.  

掩埋, 2024
80” 高 x 27” 寬 x 18” 長
佛頭燈 (買自英國), 聚苯乙烯泡沫板, 石膏, 油漆, 植絨




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