#393 Je Est Un Autre
64x84 cm | Filler, oak panel, oak strips attachment device
AboutThis work is double - it has images on both sides and can easily be turned on my instalment construction. The bad French grammar in the title is courtesy of Arthur Rimbaud, who wrote it intentionally to his friend and former teacher Georges Izambard. In English, it would be something like "The self is another" or "The I is other". According to psychoanalytic theory, there is always something unknown at the core of the subject. It starts with the strangest of all things - the image of ourselves as somebody else out in the world - the mirror image. Who is that other person that stares back at us? Or even more - what is it? So we identify this taunting component as something outside ourselves, and we try to master, possess or submit to it. This is the object-cause of the desire, what Lacan called object petit á. But really it is the truth about ourselves, the secret that never can be revealed because the existence of the subject depends upon this distance, this lack (of knowledge). Without that, it would disintegrate.
Press is a compilation of works made by pressing down the filler with a horizontal plane, thus expanding it outwards.
Reminiscent of Richard Serra's Verb List, I use simple and clearly defined actions to shape the filler in my works. This method ensures non-cognitive aspects of the production process, which allows for unknown elements to enter.