I have been drawn to the mandala as a form of expression for years. The round medium serves as a metaphor for the cycles we work through in our daily lives. The inspiration for my artwork springs initially from my love of astrology. Astrology uses circles and cycles to represent the changing universe. As the planets drift through the cosmos; as the seasons change; as the days come and go; the universe evolves and expands in a timeless swirl of circular motion. As above, so below. The very essence of the circle is at the core of our DNA and the patterns of nature, time, and space.
The term mandala is drawn from the ancient language of Sanskrit and means "circle" when loosely translated, but a mandala is far more than a simple shape. It represents wholeness; the connectedness of all things, and is a model for the organizational structure of life itself. It is a universal model that reminds us of our relation to the infinite; a world that extends both beyond and within our bodies and minds. The circle appeals to me on a number of different levels. Whether it is the highs and lows of daily life or the cycles of time and place; in each case the circular form implies a beginning that is at one with the end. The mandala appears in all aspects of life: the celestial circles we call planets as well as conceptual circles of friends, family, and community.
Within the Milky Way galaxy is our solar system and within our solar system, is the Earth. Each is a mandala that is part of a larger mandala; a circle within a circle. The petals of a flower; the rings found in tree trunks; and the spiraling design of a snail's shell all reflect the primal mandala pattern. Wherever a center is found radiating outward or inward, there is wholeness--a mandala.
My art is a boundless container that supports equality. There are no corners and much like the mythological King Arthur and his round table, the circle and my art promotes oneness, equality, and a singular focus. I enjoy mixing cross-cultural themes and symbols in my art in an effort to express the possibility of oneness. If these symbols can exist side by side in a circular container, it introduces the possibility of peaceful co-existence between all religions, political beliefs, or spiritual dogmas. One world, one people. No borders, no boundaries.
~ Chris Flisher