Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Bugs




While I was working on these, they seemed like they weren't hanging together, but when you put them up next to the symmetrical ones, they do hold up. It creates a tension of contrasts.

6 comments:

Dananymous said...

hey...I like the off-centriccity and varaiation from the normal "agreeable" mandalas. It is amazing what happens when you push.
Now I am much more interested and engaged visually....like I can't help but be, as opposed to..."ok, what am I looking at now?"

Chris Rywalt said...

Bug Number Two rocks.

Can you tell us how you do these mandalas? Do you trace out a circle first? You alluded to there being a method, and I know there are rituals about mandalas and their creation and so forth, but I'm hazy on details.

serena said...

Well, if there's some sort of ritualistic thing I'm supposed to be doing to make it a real 'mandala,' I'm probably not doing it. I use a compass for the circle, and a ruler to divide the circle in six sections, like a snowflake. The rest is freehand.

I'm a lot more engaged, visually, too--the normal ones felt like just an exercise in training my hand. These feel like I'm actually inventing something.

danonymous said...

you ARE actually inventing something/. At least for my eyes and experience.

Chris Rywalt said...

A compass! What a strange and antique instrument! Next you'll be making daguerrotypes.

serena said...

Next you'll be making daguerrotypes.

Thankfully, my friend RA has already got that covered. More or less. Luddites, unite.