A Mandala : a circular image that brings differing, maybe even “opposite”, parts together into a unified whole.
Thousands of brightly colored strips of paper: Each piece inscribed with acts of kindness performed by people of different ages, races, ethnicities, religions, professions, neighborhoods.
The perfect union.
This Mandala entitled, “Kindness Begins With You” was made from hundreds of strips of paper that were folded, cut and collaged by members of our community coming together to create. As the lead artist, I was thrilled to watch as people of all ages and backgrounds came together to spend time making art. My intention was for the community to make the pieces that I would then form together into a community Mandala; bringing all the differing pieces together to make a unified whole. For me, this is symbolic of the community in which I would want to live. A community made of many different people who work, play, worship, live together as a unified whole.
It was important to me that the task of making the pieces was one that was accessible to all ages and that the acts of kindness would be read as the making was happening. I also wanted to capture hands of people, as they are one of our primary ways of performing acts of kindness. So folding shapes, punching circles with key words on them and collaging hands became the activities of the day.
The mirrored center allows the viewer to place themselves in the center of the Mandala, surrounding themselves in kindness and making themselves the center of kindness. Kind viewer, remember you are where kindness begins. Take that out into your world. Thank you.