Mandalas can represent many aspects of life. While observing the mandala, they appear flat but in essence have a multi-dimensional and directional quality to them. One ‘enters’ into the mandala, there is a path, there is a way to all things positive & healing. The center lifts up and is surrounded by jewels, symbols, letters, days of the week, months of the year and more. There are doors to enter, there is wisdom to be expressed and cultivated. Traditional Mandalas are created in a sort of hologram in the Monks minds, they are versed and studied regarding the mathematical and meditative qualities of a Mandala.
A traditional Mandala includes the five directions (north, south, east, west, center), five elements (water, earth, fire, air, ether), five aggregates (matter, sensation, perception, volition, consciousness), five inner negativities (ignorance, anger, pride, desire, and jealousy) and their opposites, the five wisdoms of an enlightened mind. The colors (green, blue, yellow, red, white) of the sections follow the symbolism outlined in the yoga tantras, with blue in the east (where the meditator enters), yellow in the south, red in the west, and green in the north…All painted mandalas are a blueprint of a three-dimensional reality…The whole Mandala forms a kind of step pyramid, similar to those from Mesoamerica. It is a divine palace of jewels enclosed within a transparent bell-shaped structure.
Excerpt from https://rubinmuseum.org/spiral/the-mandala-a-guide-to-transformation
There are many interpretations and executions of contemporary mandalas. In my work, there is a center point from which other elements, whether it is color, imagery and/or geometry, emerge. These elements can pull the viewer in. It is a reciprocal act of engagement. A system of give and take, a system by which peace & knowledge is formulated and expressed. A way to elevate the mind and body.