Words I've been thinking about in conjunction with my mandala series and the process:
Surprise and Spontaneity
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
SWEET SPIRIT: DYLAN’S CANDY BAR PRESENTS ARTIST PAULA BRETT’S CANDY MANDALAS
New York, NY, November 13, 2013- Tampa artist Paula Brett known for her candy mandalas, or as she terms them “candalas”, has teamed up with Dylan’s Candy Bar to have four of her works featured in the famous retail store.
You couldn’t find a more fitting venue for these delightful candy creations. Brett uses various candies to create beautiful patterns and designs that then get professionally photographed, printed on high quality photo paper, and framed in a 40” by 40” white wood frame. “My candalas are inspired by the sand mandalas created by Tibetan monks—after the sandpainting is finished it’s blown away, symbolizing the impermanence of all things. Instead of sand, these are created out of sugar in candy form. My intention is to arrange everyday sweets in a pattern which becomes sacred, where the delicious turns divine, the enticing now exquisite.” says Brett.
The limited edition candalas can be purchased at Dylan’s Candy Bar for $2150. Her works will be featured in the store from December 2nd through December 31st. Dylan’s is located at 1011 Third Avenue right on the corner of 60th street. Paula will be there herself on December 2nd and 3rd, giving away 100 signed catalogs, taking pictures, discussing her candalas, and even creating some new candalas with customers.
This really is an exciting event and the magnificent candalas are worth seeing in person!
ABOUT PAULA BRETT: From candy mandalas to color-infused paintings, Paula Brett’s broad body of work incorporates various combinations of media dealing with ideas such as ritual, serendipity, and transitory spaces. She has exhibited work in New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Budapest, Hungary; and Timiosoara, Romania. Paula holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts and Media from Columbia College Chicago.
For further information about Paula Brett’s work including dates and times for her monthly open studio showings, please visit her website at www.paulabrettart.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact Information: Paula Brett Paula Brett Art Phone: 917-340-4798 Email: email@example.com URL: http://www.paulabrettart.com
©2013 Paula Brett | 1906 N. Armenia Ave, Ste. 303| Tampa, FL | 33607
Just as I wrote the title of this post it reminded me that I still really want to see Behind The Candelabra, the HBO movie with Michael Douglas playing Liberace. As Liberace says, "Too much of a good thing is wonderful." Back to the Candalas. Many people have told me that when they saw these they thought I was just playing around. And I was. I mean, that's how it started.
I was working on a piece for a client that involved painting on boxes of candy with no need for the contents. When I removed all of the candy and saw all of that wonderfully colorful sugary stuff in the container, I didn't want to eat it. I wanted to make some art with it! And immediately I turned back to my old friend the Mandala.
According to Wikipedia, Mandalas are: Mandala (Sanskrit: मण्डल Maṇḍala, 'circle') is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing the Universe. (There is much more to know, but for the sake of brevity, that's a start.)
Years ago I had heard about Mandalas- the kind that are made in sand by Tibetan Buddhist Monks that take days to create and then are blown away to the show the impermanence of life. Ever since then I have been fascinated with Mandalas and the concept of impermanence and have used them in my process or my work.
So, it seemed only natural to use the candy to create a mandala! The candy is like the sand and I arrange it onto a piece of paper. My photographer friend comes over to shoot them and then poof, they are gone! Only the photograph remains.
I really see these as sacred as well as silly and fun. The candy- it's on one hand so innocuous and child-like and yummy, and on the other hand it's just junk food full of artificial colors and wax and who knows what. I like that dichotomy. The mandala is like a prayer, a meditation, a divine design, a portal to the wisdom of the universe. The two coming together create a third thing- something totally different, making the profane sacred, the delicious divine, the enticing now exquisite.
Let me know what you think of these mandalas. I'd love to know! Oh yes, and they are all available for purchase in my SHOP!