The mandalas in this exhibition span Karen Jordan Allen’s entire artistic adventure from its beginning in 2012 through to the current year. In retrospect, Karen views the mandalas as a natural synthesis of passions that have been with her for her entire life: a deep love of nature, obsessive creativity, and a penchant for contemplative spirituality.
The word “mandala” is derived from Sanskrit and is usually interpreted to mean “circle.” In the Hindu and Buddhist traditions, the mandala represents the universe, and making or contemplating a mandala is a way to meditate or to connect with the sacred. The word is now used to refer to circular representations of the universe or the self in many traditions. Karen’s mandalas are less a representation of the cosmic than of the particular, a directing of attention to some aspect or quality of an object that might otherwise be overlooked.