Meditations & Mandalas - Artist’s Statement
My cut paper pieces have taken the Mandala to its simplest form. Being labor intensive, yet simple, using words, symbols, colors, and sometimes pure white, each one is a meditation in and of itself.
Jung recognized that the urge to make mandalas emerges during moments of intense personal growth. Their appearance indicates that a profound rebalancing process is underway in the psyche. The result of the process is a more complex and integrated personality.
"The mandala serves a conservative purpose—namely, to restore a previously existing order. But it also serves the creative purpose of giving expression and form to something that does not yet exist, something new and unique.”
—Jungian analyst Marie Louise von Franz, C. G. Jung: "Man and His Symbols," p. 225
Creating mandalas helps stabilize, integrate, and re-order inner life.
According to the psychologist David Fontana, its symbolic nature can help one "to access progressively deeper levels of the unconscious, ultimately assisting the meditator to experience a mystical sense of oneness with the ultimate unity from which the cosmos in all its manifold forms arises.”
I leave it to the viewer to find their own meaning in the Mandalas.