#450 Forearm Study
64x84 cm | Filler, oak panel
The work is done with imprints of my forearms.
The body is an instrument of language, both consciously and unconsciously. Through it, we signal our wants and needs to the exterior world. We raise our fists or fold our hands to express our will to people or higher powers. Will is at the core of being a subject. Without a will, we are reduced to automatons that exclusively react to the outside world according to a predetermined pattern. But the will can also consist of a desire to submit to something outside us, something bigger or different than one's own self. At the same time, our free will is an expression of our inviolability and the desire to belong and escape the incurable solitude of the soul. We demand our place in the world and prey that it takes its place in us.
Precari is Latin for begging, praying or wishing. It relates to the word precarious, which means dependent on uncertain conditions.
The series is about the body's vulnerability and has a performative character with bodily imprints in the wet filler. The material circumstances of the body's situation are crucial for the human subject's experience of itself and its relation to the outside world. Conditions that are wholly or partly beyond its control, which cannot be ignored, but on the contrary, require an active approach.
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.