I started drawing mandalas after reading that doing so could be used as a tool
for mediation, and the concept appealed to me right away. Assembling decorative
circles from the inside out tickled my fondness of doodling. With practice I focused
on refining details, experimenting with different shapes and colors, and devoting
greater stretches of time to my art. The results were very gratifying. What began
as a personal trial of self-expression became an enjoyable pastime, and very
‘Mandala’ is a Sanskrit word meaning circle, and, despite its origin, the concept
of the sacred circle transcends cultures, religions and ideologies worldwide.
The circle itself is a visually satisfying shape representing wholeness.
Carl Jung, the Swiss psychiatrist, used mandalas in psychotherapy to help treat
his patients, believing the drawings could identify emotional disorders and pave
the way for inner healing.
The drawings in this exhibition are intended to be seen from afar, but I invite
you to step in closer and examine the details, inspect the imperfections -
see where I made mistakes and how I had to repeat them many times over.
For that is perhaps my favorite part about creating mandalas, that, much
like life, you have to use your mistakes to your advantage, and the results
will still be satisfying.
My name is Surina and I'm from New Jersey. I also lived in Arizona for a few years
until I settled in Central Pennsylvania. Along with drawing, my artistic passions
extend to music, prose and mainly anything I can make with my hands. My travels
within the country have broadened my taste for beauty, and I look forward to
seeing the rest of the world someday. In the meantime, I'll shape my own around me.
To view more of Surina's mandalas, visit: www.facebook.com/handcrampingexpression