Guilt and Fear, 2022
Set of porcelain salt and pepper shakers
Each: 5 1/4 x 2 1/8 x 2 1/8 inches (13.3 x 5.4 x 5.4 cm)
Edition of 500
Ragnar Kjartansson’s Guilt and Fear is a limited edition set of porcelain salt and pepper shakers, labeled “Guilt” and “Fear” respectively.
Each set of Guilt and Fear is a numbered edition and comes packaged in a custom box. The work was produced in collaboration with Fabrique Céramique in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.Central to individual human psyches, guilt and fear have increased collectively in recent years as we have been confronted with social reckonings, the pandemic, growing disparities, wars, and global warming. Typically associated with negativity, these difficult feelings can also have positive effects when they force us to have greater empathy and sensitivity to situations outside of ourselves. This work is a tribute to these emotions; it is inspired by the Romantic ethos of valuing both our despairs and our desires related to the great matters of life and death, submission and control, and beauty and danger.