Everything is impermanent.
Let us cherish the joy of memories as long as we remember.
We embrace changes and move on to make new memories.
We create, we destroy, but life is still beautiful.
My inspiration to paint mandalas came from watching my mother and women in my neighborhood drawing the Kōlam, meaning a sketch, a centuries-old traditional mandala art practiced by women primarily in Tamil Nadu, India.
By pinching rice flour held firmly between the tip of the thumb, index, and middle finger, women created geometric or figurative patterns by connecting evenly spaced dots in a grid as the rice flour poured through their fingertips.
The presence of the mandala on the threshold of homes indicates a state of ordinariness that the family is alive and harmonious.
The absence of the mandala communicates to the world that there has been illness, suffering, or death overnight. It is a sign for neighbors to bring food, offer help, and comfort the grieving household members.
Hence, the mandala symbolizes the creation and destruction of our existence.
Also, mandala-making is a ritual practice. It is swept up, blown away by the breeze, erased by the passing feet, nibbled on by insects, or washed away in the rain.
Hence, its ephemeral quality represents our desire for a moment of fullness before fading.
Mixed Media on canvas and hardboard panel
an inset of 4" H x 4" W canvas on a 6" H x 6" W hardboard panel
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.
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