Tunisian artist eL Seed makes his solo London Gallery debut with Tabula Rasa, which features acrylic on canvas paintings, showcasing his signature abstract Arabic script. “I truly believe that art is a way to open dialogue. I like to think that my artwork can cut through the boundaries that we place between ourselves; whether physical, cultural, or linguistic,” comments the artist.
Originally published in February 2019 issue of Vogue Arabia.
“My exhibition at Lazinc represents a new style of painting, where I am attempting to break down my thought process into layers. It also asks the audience to question the way they think and how much they have been affected by assumption or misconception.”
By stripping down his works, eL Seed delves into the concept of “tabula rasa,” pioneered by the 17th century philosopher John Locke, who argued that the human mind is a blank slate at birth and that all knowledge comes from experience. Tabula Rasa at Lazinc builds on eL Seed’s continued engagement with the Arabic script – the artworks not only invoke the words and their meaning but also their movement. For this exhibition, the artist has developed on his process, peeling back the works in an effort to access his own clean slate.
Tabula Rasa is on at London’s Lazinc gallery until March 9.