Dating from 1997, Sated Table is an important early work by Roman Ondak. Cooking utensils and ingredients are laid out on a table, as though ready to use. Among the objects are a whisk, a ladle, a bowl, a measuring jug and a sieve. Because of this, the packets of food sitting beside them on the dark grey table surface at first glance look to be the ingredients for making a cake, such as butter, flour and sugar. But the brand names on their packages have been exchanged with those of the well-known philosophers Foucault, Locke, Hegel, and Schopenhauer. One package, labelled Marcel, is more mysterious: it refers to the French philosopher, drama critic, playwright and musician, Gabriel Marcel (1889–1973) who theorized a “Christian Existentialism” a term he initially endorsed but later repudiated. At the same time, it can also be understood as an oblique reference to Marcel Duchamp, a major influence on Ondak's oeuvre.
The grouping alludes to the 1990s boom of publishing of literary and philosophical works after decades of censorship. It can also could be understood as a playful reference to the way each person accumulates knowledge and forms their respective world view from an assembly of distinct ingredients: cooking up, or baking, a perspective. The interpretation of the individual packages and its ostensible contents is of course up to each observer of the work.