"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.

It is the source of all true art and all science.

He to whom this emotion is a stranger,

who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe,

is as good as dead: his eyes are closed." - Albert Einstein



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The series 'Since Tabula Rasa' started with the first painting called 'Happiness' (2010). I made this work to remind myself daily of the positive aspects in life. The colorful lines give the impression of a rainbow waterfall, which would bring elevation to any room. However, upon peering through the rainbow, elements of darkness and rough structure are exposed. These layers symbolise the negative events in life, thus bringing a more realistic representation of life and inspiring the viewer to keep an eye on the positive elements. The layers overall represent events that evoke a variety of emotions. It contains plenty of contradictions: the surface is irregular, yet the direction of the lines make it an organized play of rhythm. Another aspect of this series is that it confronts us with the laws of nature. An example in these works is the confrontation with the law of gravity. The colorful drips fall downwards because of this force. The dried up dripping lines in these works go both up and down, reflecting the attempt of human control over these laws. It is a search for balance between ratio and emotion.


This series shows several portraits of a secret lover. The lover is a fatherly figure that tries to divorce his manipulative ex-wife. His behavior seems foolish in the eyes of the people that love him, while he's actually trying to fight for his equal rights as a parent and trying to keep the peace in order to see his children. The series is inspired by the work of Pablo Picasso.





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