For my first Action Project in Endurance, a English and History class meant to ready Seniors for College, we created Mandalas. We did this as part of recognizing our journey through life. Our first Unit has been about vision and self-exploration and this project has made us reflect on our life in order to create our Mandalas. The most difficult part for this project has been bringing my idea to reality by the medium of Painting. I’m not a skilled artist and I feel that I wasn’t able to fully realize my vision due to lack of art skills. I’m extremely proud with my idea for my mandala, though I hope others follow my idea while creating a Mandala for them. Check out my Artist Statement and Mandala below!
Acrylic on Canvas Board
With this Mandala I’ve created I took a very unique approach. To me, a Mandala is a representation for the journey of one’s life. For my Mandala, I created an abstract painting, inspired by the abstract art class I’m currently in. I thought this medium would be best because it makes my art more open to interpretation and allows people to get what they see out of it, rather than me telling them.
My Mandala is the journey of my life up to now, as well as the future. Each line represents a different stage or experience in my life, and the lines come together to create a circle. This circle as a whole represents who I am, and when you look deeper into who I am you see the experiences that have molded me into the person I am today.
On it’s own, my Mandala has little to no meaning, but in the right context has a powerful message. It carries the idea that you are made of the experiences in your life. People can look at my mandala and see the different colors and textures to be able to tell which times in my life have been more easy and happy while others have been more difficult and dark.
I’d like people to take away the idea that you are the captain of your ship of life. You create the experiences that make you into the person and it’s up to you to decide the kind of person you are going to become. For me, it’s my family, friends, travel experiences, and personal struggles that have made me into who I am today. If everyone were to do a Mandala in the same style I did they would all look unique, some brighter, some darker, but unique nonetheless.
The main symbols I use are lines, which represent paths and experiences in my life. Colors represent mood and emotion of a path, lighter being happier, darker being gloomier. Paths also have textures based on the difficulty of it, creating a more rocky or rough path. My hope is that others could create a mandala in this style to share their life stories as well.