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Vidya Shyamsundar

Mixed Media

We never feel caught up with our to-do lists. We are tired, stressed, and overwhelmed. We need to take some time for ourselves. Painting a mandala helps me to slow down and find my momentary peace.

Layered with vibrant colors, textures, and symbolisms, I paint mandalas that reflect imprints of the centuries-old South Indian meditative ritual art called Kōlam with distinct intricacy, precision, and symmetry and its effect on mindfulness and spirituality.

Painting a mandala gives me a feeling of belonging and identity, a practice that makes me feel closer to my home. It creates an avenue to reminisce about my childhood joy and pay my homage to the lost loved souls. Here, in my home studio, I use a tiny paintbrush to make colorful, intricate symmetrical mandala patterns with lines, loops, and curves -- working organically from the center outwards. I am focused. I feel a sense of calmness and clarity. Painting a mandala helps me find peace.

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