64x84 cm | Filler, oak panel
I made this work by pressing my fingers from below down in the wet filler, like reaching over the edge of a tall table.
It can vaguely resemble marks from hands reaching out, trying to pull the painting inside the wall when mounted—almost imitating a scene in a horror movie. The fringes mean the outer and lesser important part of an area or a group. This work might remind us that dispossessed, marginalised, and repressed groups won't remain invisible forever. An unjust system is not sustainable.
It may also speak about the notion that what is at the centre isn't always what's most important. The framework, the border that defines what is included and excluded, might be any systems most prominent feature.
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.