#468 Pitchfork Address
64x84 cm | Filler, oak panel
I did this work by smashing and scraping a pitchfork in the wet filler.
The pitchfork symbolises popular revolt against those in power, especially in the fight against capitalism, but also for populist groups on the right. Historically, it was farmers who used the tool during protests against landowners.
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.