Tabula Rasa, the solo mixed media art exhibition by renowned artist, Shivani Pandey, was inaugurated on 18 November by Chief Guests Tine Staermose Director, Decent Work Team, South Asia and Country Office-India, International Labour Organization and Dr. Kalyan Kumar Chakravarty, Chairman, Lalit Kala Akademi, at the Palm Court Gallery, India Habitat Centre, in the Capital.
Satish Upadhyaya, President, Delhi State, Bharatiya Janata Party accompanied by his wife Arti, later joined the ceremony and saw all the exhibits.
Speaking on the occasion, Staermose said, ‘A beautiful exhibition! What an honour to be your Chief Guest at this important day for you. Your curious and free spirit is so inspiring’. Chairman Lalit Kala Akedemi, Dr. Chakravarty also spoke about the inner journey of the soul, which was beautifully depicted by the artworks. He drew a parallel between the civilizations of the world and talked about the richness of Indian art and philosophy. Art and Satish Upadhyaya were delighted to express their sentiments, ‘Wonderful journey of the Artist, expressed in more wonderful art form!’
The artist Shivani Pandey, herself spoke about the importance of the Tabula Rasa, the blank state of mind that is so important to be reached, before the mind goes on a creative high.
The theme and title of the exhibition, which was on up to 20 November is Tabula Rasa, for a new beginning! Tabula Rasa in Latin means a clear slate, and originates from the Roman tabula or wax tablet used for notes, which was blanked by heating the wax and then smoothening it, to give a tabula rasa. In Psychology, it relates to the theory that at birth the (human) mind is a ‘blank slate’ without rules for processing data, and that data is added and rules for processing are formed solely by one’s sensory experiences. And so in order to reach for his goals and desires, despite the setbacks that one has faced, one needs to clear his mind to reach a tabula rasa and start afresh. In this series, I am exhibiting pictures those describe the meaning of Tabula Rasa, ‘before it is reached’ and ‘after it is reached’ in the human mind.
The artist, Shivani Pandey, is an international travel writer/ photographer having to credit published works in national and international magazines, much appreciated for their sensitivity of portrayal and depiction of intensity of life and emotion.