#470 Fiscal Rim
64x84 cm | Filler, oak panel
I used 10m of metal wire to draw giant segments of concentric circles in the wet filler. One end is attached to a spike in my table on the other side of the studio, and on the other end is a Norwegian Krone coin that conveniently has a small hole in the middle. The ever-so-slightly curved lines might be associated with celestial orbits, and I’m trying to juxtapose that with the field of finance. Money has its own kind of gravity, I believe. Large sums seem to attract more of it. Wealth is getting more and more concentrated. Being on the outskirts of the global finance system makes it difficult to maintain independence. The pull of the main currencies and the flow of capital is too strong. The Norwegian money might be peripheral, but the national oil fund is one of the largest in the world.
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.