When I create or look at mandalas, they teach me so much. They help me overcome the struggles and strains of everyday life and provide a deeper look into what is going on. How I might rise above a particular struggle. Whilst creating this mandala, there was a strong feeling of moving in very close and out very far. Some parts remind me of outer space, the universe afar. And then other parts took me deep into the microscopic. As though looking at plants or cells under a microscope. There was an overwhelming sense of all of this being intricately and fundamentally connected. The energy of both the microcosm and the macrocosm being one.
The central piece of the mandala is reminiscent of a Lotus flower blooming. One of the most interesting symbolic aspects of this plant is how it comes to life. Typically the lotus (often known as the water lily) is born from deep murk and mire. From the darkest mucky muddy waters, this brilliant blossom emerges. It is the metaphor for life as we know it. My own journey began in the murky depths of a divorce and life throwing a particularly sharp curve-ball which left me reeling.
Things happen in all of our lives, both good a bad. Most of us at some stage get thrown a curve-ball. We struggle. It is what we make of that situation that counts. We have two choices. We can crawl under our misery, never lifting our heads to the light that beckons us. That is option one. Or there is option two; we can be like the lotus. We can make the best of a bad situation and work through it and rise above it. Lotus flower meanings are all about aspiring to express, to live, to share beauty. To move through the darkness and murk and out into the light. It doesn't have to be in the big whopper situations of divorce or grief or job loss...which hopefully don't happen all that often! But we can take that lesson into the smaller areas of life. Because as in this mandala, the energy of the big things (the macroscopic) and those of the small things (the microscopic) are one and the same.
This work measures 70cm x 70cm and was created on canvas using acrylic paints and metallic pens. It is available for sale, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more details.