About the Artwork

Adam Chodzko’s, Ghost, is a kayak, a sculpture as vessel, a coffin and a camera rig. The kayak is designed to have a paddler in the back and a passenger in the front. The guest is reclined, stretched out like a body in a coffin. Through each journey for Ghost, the artist and the passenger are on a metaphorical journey to the Island of the Dead. A camera, mounted on the bows, records the journey of each passenger, thus creating an archive of their experience.
In Ghost Archive 2015, two journeys were made, both from Bankside to Deadman’s Hole. The first passenger was Karina Isajeva, a caterer at Hiscox, the second was Robert Hiscox, Honorary President of Hiscox.

Year: 2010

Copyright the artist, Courtesy of Marlborough Contemporary Photo: © Nick Turpin


Alaskan yellow cedar, western red cedar, Fijian mahogany, oak, ash, olive, walnut and mixed media


59 x 78 x 670 cm

Artist Biography

Adam Chodzko

Adam Chodzko (b. 1965, England) lives and works in Whitstable, Kent, UK. Chodzko works across media, to create works that range from large-scale installations to de-materialised interventions. Whilst operating in the poetic spaces between documentary and fantasy, conceptualism and surrealism, public and private, he explores and provokes our collective imagination by wondering how, through the visual, we might best understand and re-form our encounters with the society and environment that surround us. He has been exhibited extensively in international solo and group exhibitions including: Tate, Tate St. Ives; Museo d'Arte Moderna, Bologna (MAMBo); Istanbul Biennale; Venice Biennale; Deste Foundation, Athens; PS1, NY; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham.