I am reading a book at the moment called “Coincidences in the Bible and in Biblical Hebrew” by Haim Shore. It is a fascinating work and it makes one realize just how everything is connected. The mandala has, over the centuries, attempted to tell this story of connection and in particular how we are connected by language and signs. The book made me think about how language structures our brain and our lives. We all grow through language. I know very little Hebrew, but what has struck me is that Hebrew has many synonyms and they all seem to go back to the same source, just like us. “Yes”, we are indeed all connected.
Some of my mandalas are classical circles and squares, others are mandalas within pictures or on backgrounds. Some are acrylic on paper and measure 28cm x 40cm. Others are oil on canvas, 60 x 80 cm and 60 x 50cm. Because the works are book illustrations, I can mix up the sizes and mediums. This allows for different textures so the images don’t all look the same. It also adds variety to the task.