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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


    Image Size

    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. 

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