SOWA MAI - BANRION CONSTANTINE
Aequitas is Latin for equality, symmetry and fairness between individuals.
By working under the singular identity as Aequitas, the intention is to direct focus on the art rather than the individual; to remain outside the cult of personality, to explore alternatives to the more culturally accepted individual creative force. The artists of Aequitas believe collaboration does not require leadership and can bring better results through decentralization and egalitarianism. It is a working practice that art collaboration should be playful and not taken too seriously. Collaborating in separate physical space Aequitas has explored themes such as alienation, childhood, perceptions of identity, spirituality, and consumerism with most of the work being first presented in the virtual world. With the focus of the work being the process Aequitas amasses a large quantity of research and iterations before arriving at a final piece. This documentation is as much a part of the art as any momentary instance of development. The
results have veered between the abstract and illustrative. The key threads are a strong aesthetic with a core spiritual disposition that focuses on non dualism and ideas of equity and balance. There is a sense of the nostalgic and ironic to the more representational work and the abstract leans toward iconic minimalist.
Aequitas explores the role moral licensing plays in our relationship to art.
Visits to museums and galleries can provide us with license to immerse ourselves in an everyday cesspool of banality.
By associating ourselves with fine art on even the most marginal level we can consider ourselves cultured enough to then engage in situations and environments we otherwise might eschew.
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“How feeling virtuous licenses being bad: Fishbach, A., and R. Dhar. “Goals as Excuses or Guides: The Liberating Effect of Perceived Goal Progress on Choice.” Journal of Consumer Research 32 (2005): 370–77.”
“Past good behavior lets us off the hook: Sachdeva, S., R. Iliev, and D. L. Medin. “Sinning Saints and Saintly Sinners.” Psychological Science 20 (2009): 523–28.”
“Going green licenses stealing: Mazar, N., and C. B. Zhong. “Do Green Products Make Us Better People?” Psychological Science 21 (2010): 494–98.”