Having My Back
Pieces of My Self-Portrait
I don’t draw or paint figures. However, the figures I drew, collaged, and painted in the series are my intuitive exploration, representing instances that were significant to me from childhood to motherhood. I needed to embed them with mandalas to narrate my stories.
This series became my first body of work as I emerged from the creative block I experienced in 2022.
I felt vulnerable, but it was freeing.
Having My Back
As the saying goes, fake it until you make it. I did that to get my first job, but I thrived. Pursuing a degree in Economics was not exciting, but circumstances were such that I had no choice. It was also that time in the nineties when the technology industry was booming. I took a short entrance exam and received a financial scholarship for a diploma course in computer programming. Learning about computers was not my forte, either. But, I earned a diploma and degree in Economics with a decent GPA and found my first job as an academic counselor at a nationally recognized computer institute.
I enjoyed working on team projects, organizing, presenting, interacting with people, assisting in marketing and sales, and meeting budgetary goals. I told myself, I have got this! I felt grateful for supporting my family. Although I could have been more academically exemplary, the values I picked up from my mom and dad helped me find my way.
The expansiveness of a mandala is infinite. The only limitation is the space that we assign. If we are in pursuit, there is only a final destination if we put on a harness and call it a destination.
Mixed Media on cradled board
6" H X 12" W X 1.5" D
The artwork is original and signed. The painting is varnished for protection, wired, and ready to hang. No framing is required.