The Birds and the Bees Mandala

The Birds and the Bees, digital collage, open edition print, Paula Brett

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The Birds and the Bees

“But the warm sun thaws the benumbed earth,
And makes it tender; gives a sacred birth
To the dead swallow; wakes in hollow tree
The drowsy cuckoo, and the humble-bee.
Now do a choir of chirping minstrels bring
In triumph to the world the youthful Spring.”
– excerpt from The Spring by Thomas Carew
 It’s nature in all it’s fecund glory as a metaphor to discuss… well, you know.  The literal beauty and mystery surrounding the famous euphemism is my inspiration for this piece. The Birds and the Bees is my pastiche of antique botanical drawings collected via the internet and carefully arranged on the computer in a sacred geometric pattern, the mandala.   All of the flora and fauna, creatures great and small and other symbols I could find to fit this phrase are here: ants and pollen, eggs and snakes and apples.  My process ranges from searching and choosing, to cutting and cleaning, to arranging and re-arranging until the correct balance is achieved.  It’s an act of love to arrange these illustrations into a new, fresh work of art multi-layered with meaning and visual beauty.

About the Mandala Series:

“Mandala is a Sanskrit word:  manda= essence, la=within; it is a circle that contains the essence. The mandala symbolizes the laws of the universe and, since man is a microcosm of the universe, many cultures believe that the mandala also symbolizes the human soul.”

I’ve been drawn to Mandalas ever since I witnessed a group of Tibetan Buddhist Monks making a traditional sand mandala on the ground. The idea of creating such a beautiful work of art and then destroying it in order to symbolize the transitory nature of life intrigued me. Because of that formative experience, I’ve made mandalas intermittently over the years in different forms. Only recently have I delved into the mandalas fully as a way to meld my love for design, spirituality, and the need to create some sort of order and meaning out of so much chaos in the world. In this most recent series of mandala photographs, my intention is to arrange ordinary objects in a pattern that becomes sacred, where the everyday turns divine, the enticing now exquisite.


About the Print: 

The artwork is printed on a luxurious and authentic archival Somerset Velvet 100% cotton rag paper. With a weight of 255g/m² the photo rag is a robust paper and has a matte surface. With its soft, fine texture, this paper displays the colors of the art beautifully. The piece is printed with premium Epson pigments  ensuring that even the minutest details are visible, and the colors appear freshly printed – even after 100 years.

 

 

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Paper

The artwork is printed on a luxurious and authentic archival Somerset Velvet 100% cotton rag paper. With a weight of 255g/m² the photo rag is a robust paper and has a matte surface. With its soft, fine texture, this paper displays the colors of the art beautifully. The piece is printed with premium Epson pigments ensuring that even the minutest details are visible, and the colors appear freshly printed – even after 100 years.

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