“To some, ‘steampunk’ is a catchall term, a concept in search of a visual identity. To me, it’s essentially the intersection of technology and romance. – Jake von Slatt
“Steampunk is…a joyous fantasy of the past, allowing us to revel in a nostalgia for what never was. It is a literary playground for adventure, spectacle, drama, escapism and exploration. But most of all it is fun!”
— George Mann
This mandala is also part of the Steampunk show currently at Milk Coffee Bar.
*From Wikipedia: Works of steampunk often feature anachronistictechnology or futuristic innovations as Victorians may have envisioned them; in other words, based on a Victorian perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, art, etc
I almost passed on participating in this show, thinking the essential concepts of mandalas and steampunk were at odds. Was it really possible to see a mandala from a Victorian technological perspective? I’m glad I tried. Preparing for this show has been great at getting me out of my comfort zone.
I created 6 new mandalas and settled on 3 to exhibit. I’ll post them all here in the next few days. (My daughter helped me choose which 3 to include and wrote my bio page for the show. I’ve been calling her my curator.)
The mandala featured in this post – Steampunk 3 – made it into the show. You can see it now until April 9 in person at Milk.