Collection Online
chalk on blackboard
122.3 × 91.5 cm
Accession Number
Contemporary Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Irene Sutton through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program, 2009
© Diena Georgetti
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Vizard Foundation
Gallery location
Not on display
Subjects (general)
Abstract Art Literary and Text
Subjects (specific)
blackboards monochrome written languages
Diena Georgetti exhibited a large number of her blackboard paintings in the 1992 Biennale of Sydney. They are among her earliest works and are rough, raw and apparently spontaneous – evident in the messily scrawled text in chalk on blackboard. Containing foreign-sounding words that are not quite grammatically correct, the compositions are deliberately unintelligible but visually striking. The format not only suggests a teaching environment or class room but also recalls the esoteric blackboard drawings of Joseph Beuys and Rudolph Steiner, which proposed alternative ways of making sense of language and non-language.