'Pandala' is a celebration of passionate enlightenment, the sacred joining of spirituality and sexuality, which is a seemingly irreconcilable conflict plaguing many of us on the path to higher consciousness. In Tantra (often defined as a loom or weaving together), it is possible to bring together such polarities when we recognize that ultimately there is no duality, only oneness. "Pandala" is a perfect universe that we can enter in meditation, where the guardian pandas (amazing creatures of fascination and passion) provide a protected space in which to begin inner healing. In loving service to the deities is a magnificent green dragon, which in the Orient represents the positive aspects of primal energy and the powerful union of matter and spirit.
'Pandala' is also pan Asian in artistic motif. The eight-petaled lotus, which was seen more often as this art form migrated from India eastward, represents the points of the compass and the integration of all directions. Each petal is adorned with an authentic Japanese family crest signifying the power of bamboo.
Nadean O'Brien, Huntington Beach, CA Member Since December 2006 Artist Statement I WAS BORN CREATIVE, but as a child showed little interest in drawing or painting. My parents who had met at an art gallery sustained hope I would follow in the footsteps of my talented aunt noted for her lovely landscapes. I, however, had other worlds to explore before discovering the beautiful and sensuous meditative art of Asia and Tibet as well as the work of Carl Jung who introduced the "personal mandala" to the western world. Here was art with power, passion and purpose, the art of self-realization and enlightenment, an art form that caught my imagination and gave my life focus almost two decades ago!
As I picked up my brush and began to paint, I became caught up in my own transformation to artist/healer and teacher, expressing this metamorphosis on canvas in Tibetan Tantric Buddhist symbolism depicting the sacred union of our inner masculine and feminine. The mystical "yab yum" (literally father mother) is often mistaken to represent human sexuality, but instead portrays graphically the inner wholeness or balance we must first achieve to realize our highest human potential. This ancient message is still relevant today.
More recently, fate and fortune have provided for expression of my particular talents and skills via digital painting rather than acrylic paint and canvas. With great joy and excitement, I watch a new generation of my unique mandalas evolving in a medium that is ideally suited by its added depth and dimension to spiritual art. I will continue to share my love and passion as before.
My artwork has been displayed at Mills College, Esalen, Agape International Spiritual Center in Los Angeles, and Chopra Centers throughout the United States as well as in private collections and corporate settings the world over.