Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Mandala music


Thank you to my friend, Sue, for bringing Jacob Collier to my attention.



NewRobin13 said...

That is such beautiful music. Thank you for sharing it and photos of your lovely mandalas.

Colette said...

I'm so intrigued by your mandalas. I would love to hear more about your mind-set as you create them. Do you plan one in advance, or simply create as you go? It seems so very contemplative.

37paddington said...

Love seeing all the mandalas together like that. I clicked the photo and made it large and studied them. But did I miss something? Why is one of them cut out, so that where the mandala would be there is negative space. Is there a meaning?

am said...

Thank you so much, Robin, Colette and 37paddington.

Colette -- They all begin in the center with a Chinese character from the book Chinese Calligraphy: From Pictograph to Ideogram: The History of 214 Essential Chinese/Japanese. Everything else just unfolds mysteriously. They are all done with my non-dominant left hand. I am just as surprised as anyone else when they are finished. It fascinates me how different each one is. Carl Jung saw mandalas as an expression of one's self. Different aspects of me? Who I am on a particular day? There will be 53 of them because last spring I was given 53 pieces of 4 x 4 inch printmaking paper. Some of them are done in one sitting. Some aren't resolved for days.

"Believing that mandalas were archetypal forms representing the Self, or total personality, he referred to them as “archetypes of wholeness.” Jung discovered that dreaming of or creating mandalas is a natural part of the individuation process, and he encouraged his patients to create them spontaneously."

37paddington -- When I was working on that one, I was feeling angry and sad and scared. Something in me shifted in the process of drawing and something prompted me to fill the entire 4 x 4 inch picture plane, but once I had done that there was still no resolution. I cut the mandala out and created an open space, free of anger, sadness and fear, while still honoring those emotions. The Chinese character in the center is the word "hand."