Here are some pics from the first cart mandala made with a crew. We arrived at a Target in Lutz, Florida at 6am and got straight to work. Through the darkness we put together the design using a picture of a model I had made in my studio. was It was a learning experience for sure. Forever grateful to all who helped! With the award of this grant from the Arts Council of Hillsborough County, I pushed my ideas and my work to a greater scale and depth that I wouldn’t have as easily without it. I took on a project of creating eight large-scale mandalas and it was quite an endeavor. I stretched myself to complete the work which included but was not limited to: researching stores with carts of specific colors, receiving permission from stores, finding the best stores to use based on parking lot aesthetics and distances safe for drone photography, finding a way to mock-up the design before the photo shoot, being at the store at sunrise to get a shot without shadows and dealing with opening hours, organizing helpers to arrange the carts, and finally editing the images to printing them.
I now have more confidence in myself as an artist to take on bigger projects and know that I have the skills to create them in the future.
The concept and meaning of the work itself is also continuing to unfold, as it’s available for the public to see. By exploring societal consumerism and consumption in a playful and possibly spiritual way, I’m helping to raise questions regarding the psychology and politics with which these subjects are intertwined.
The latest collection of work from Paula Brett. Natural Objects arranged on paper, then photographed and printed in a limited edition series.Read More
“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.
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.
My intention with these Candalas is to arrange everyday sweets in a pattern which becomes sacred, where delicious turns divine, the enticing now exquisite.Read More