#176 Equal In The End
44x34cm | Filler, oak frame
The works in the Equal In The End series were made through the SIT DOWN For Equality project. This is a participatory art event where the public is invited to make an imprint by sitting down in the wet filler. The imprint is exhibited while drying and finally made into a finished work.
The project can be viewed as a statement against our societies escalating disparity. It wants to focus on the temporality of equality. Most people agree that we all should be counted as equal, but when is that equality meant to take place? As equality of possibility or as equality of results?
Social and economic disparity is a democratic problem. Lack of resources gives a shortage of power. There is more to democracy than elective representation. Refusal of compliance can be an effective tool for change. It is the first form of protest we learn as children and it is used successfully all through history in the struggle for rights and freedom by the workers and the powerless.
Exposing the behind is a well-known sign of disrespect and antisocial behaviour. The collective body of work in this series can be seen as an expression for the discontent with those in powers inability to create societies with a sense of community instead of alienation.
This work was made at my studio during Oslo Open 2019.
Res Ipsa is a compilation of works made by some kind of action shaping the filler once it is prepared inside the frame. The works thus function as a recording device and give a statement of the event taking place while the filler was still wet.
Res Ipsa is Latin for "the thing itself" and is part of the juridical term "Res ipsa loquitur" (the thing speaks for itself), used when an injury or accident in itself clearly shows who is responsible, such as an instrument left inside a body after surgery.