Wednesday, 2 January 2008
Mandala is the Sanskrit word meaning circle. In the Hindu and Buddhist traditions, Mandalas are visual tools used in meditation to focus the mind. I began to explore mandalas in a visual sense after practising pranayama in a Yoga class. Pranayama is one of 3 aspects of Hatha Yoga. The postures or asanas are aimed at releasing tension in the physical body. Pranayamas are breathing techniques which aim to release mental and emotional tension from the body so that Prana (life force) can flow through the body.
The first Mandalas manifested as flags, painted, quilted and appliqued circular and spiral forms on fabric. For my show Third Eye Flowering, I made a series of 3 copper Mandalas.With these relief sculptures, I wanted to explore the idea of dense focus in the centre with expansiveness towards the circumference. I also wanted to reference the concept of the 4 direction from Native Spirituality and the equal arm cross. The materials used were copper sheet and recycled copper wire.