#383 Alter Ego
64x84 cm | Filler, oak frame, stone
I made this work by drawing the letter J in the wet filler and placing a small, white stone beside it. From now on, this will be my signature - J.
" Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it."
Book of Revelation 2:17
The fact that we make unique impressions in the material world, which proves our existence, is used in law to bind us to certain acts. Your signature means - I did this! It represents you - the subject. A representation is a sign, an image, and it always places itself on top of the thing it signifies and covers it. In many ways, it hides more than it reveals. Language creates secrets.
The series features works with an appendix placed on top of the work or close to it. This object is exterior to the image plane, the illusionary "window" in the picture, but is still an intrinsic part of the whole. It connects or makes visible the two dimensions of an artwork - its inner logic and the relation to its surrounding.
The title references both the famous campaign by Coca-Cola and Immanuel Kant's notion of the thing in itself. It means that subjects can only experience the phenomenons as they present themselves, through perception. It is always fundamentally different from what the things are outside the barrier of language - in themselves.
Res Ipsa is a compilation of works made by an act 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.