Tabula Non Rasa (II) Painting by Sirpa Häkli

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Painting: Oil, Resin, Acrylic, Gesso on Canvas, Wood.

From the first "chalkboard paintings" I have made the relation of addings (marks and traces) and of omissions (wiping out) has fascinated me – what will dominate in the final artwork, the addings or the omissions? Erasing the chalkboard some chalkmarks yet remain on the surface: lines, smudges, chalkdust - which resemble vanishing memories or random thoughts - and are evidence of motion, physicality and the process of painting.

The chalkmarks on a wiped chalkboard resemble that of an artwork-in-progress. John Locke (1632–1704) argued in his philosophy that at birth the individual's mind is like a 'blank slate' (lat. tabula rasa). Thus one does not know what colours or shapes are. All knowledge comes from experience or perception. Also a white primed canvas can bee seen as a 'blank slate' that a painter will cover by his or her experiences and sensations. Therefore a finished painting is a 'tabula non rasa' reflecting the painter's 'mind', ideas and emotions.



Tabula Non Rasa (II)

Sirpa Häkli



Size: 84.6 W x 66.9 H x 1.6 in

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