S U R I N A   N A T H A N I E L
Gone Full Circle
December 30, 2014 - February 15, 2015
Reception: January 16, 2015 from 6pm-10pm

Artist Statement

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 

meditative indeed.

‘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