365 day Mandala project. With the start on my birthday 6th of August 2017 I decided to paint one mandala a day for one year. For each one I write a short automated text. The project is a meditative combination of journeying and journaling.
A process based daily habit to stimulate a subtle stirring of the soul. It requires discipline, planning and the willingness to surrender in many ways. The mandala exists all over the the world and is an ancient symbol for wholeness, completion, integration, soul, infinity and cosmos. It consists of the primordial shape, the circle, divided in symmetrical sections.
The circle is a unifying shape. Every human being have a relationship with the circle. From watching the sun, the moon, looking into the eyes of another, following the horizon, to resting in the womb and finally enter into the world through a narrow round opening, the circle is a constant companion.
Buddhists monks carefully and with immense skill arranges coloured sand in a time consuming and extremely intricate mandala pattern only to blow it away when done. The practice of concentration and the awareness that is needed to manifest this work is combined with the notion that nothing lasts. Life is but a fleeting moment. Carl. G. Jung researched the eastern traditions and brought the mandala to the west deeply involved with his own inner searching as well as in therapy work with clients.
Letting the unconscious, the soul and the spirit express themselves free from rules, yet within the frame of symmetrical circles. In this project there are no rules except from the fact that I need to paint one mandala a day and write a text. Other than that they can be following different traditions. Symmetry divided by four, three or five.
Simple or detailed. Elegant or clumsy. Beautiful or ugly. Quick or slow. Free form or geometrical shapes. Sometimes just a blob of colour. No judgment. Only exploration, witnessing moment to moment, day by day. The project will culminate with an exhibition consisting of all 365 mandalas as well as bigger mandala paintings in relation to the whole process.