Grandma's Garden

Celebration Series




Grandma's Garden

  • Celebrating Womanhood.


    In the State of Tamil Nadu, India, women create mandalas every day that symbolize the beauty of everyday beings or objects such as birds, flowers, fruits, vegetables, pots, lamps, conch shells, etc. They make patterns that appear to mirror the motifs by connecting dots that are evenly spaced in a grid format. Women make mandala designs before dawn on the threshold of their homes by pinching rice flour or white-stone powder using the tips of their thumb and index fingers. Mandala making is a sign of womanliness.


    Both my paternal and maternal grandmothers made mandalas. They were homemakers, excellent chefs, and enjoyed gardening. 


    In the summer months, my paternal grandmother spent hours making pickles and papadums for sale. Papadums are delicately thin salt crackers made with gram flour deep-fried in oil or cooked with dry heat until crunchy and served with the meal.  


    My maternal grandmother used to be a radio artist who played a string instrument called Veena, and she also taught music to children in the neighborhood.



    Acrylic & Pebeo Cerne Outliner

    on hardboard panel


    Image Size

    6" H x 6" W 


    The artwork is original and signed. The painting is varnished for protection, wired, and ready to hang and comes with a sleek custom black floater frame that is 1.5 inches deep. The information about the artwork is labeled on the reverse.