© Kathryn Tisdale and The Mandala Pattern, 2010
[Apologies. I meant to schedule this post for May 1 when the exhibit went public but I messed up. Subscribers were sent a notice, so I thought the post should be here for them]
I submitted this mandala to the Smogfest Art Exhibition this year. http://www.citizensenvironmentalliance.org, A mandala seemed just right for the theme of environmental protection because no matter what image I am exploring, the final mandala confirms for me that everything is connected and that large or small, everything contains an entire universe.
In this case, I chose to work with a satellite image from Google Earth because it contains many layers of meaning relevant to Smogfest. It highlights the beauty of the natural features of the land. It is a ‘real snapshot’ of this place, which to me means to me that it also includes all the precious human lives unfolding within its scope. The technology needed to create the image and deliver it to me in my home in Windsor is awe-inspiring. And finally, the irony that it is precisely the people and the technology represented in the image that threatens all of it– the beauty, the people, the way of life.
The red dot, or course, is where Windsor is. If you are in the area, visit Milk Coffee Bar, 68 University West during May to see the exhibit.
Where We Live - detail
Where We Live - source photo