“Dots and Lines” was an exhibit of Bala Thiagarajan's abstract paintings and mandalas. Mandala is a Sanskrit word that means circle. It symbolizes the universe and the cosmos. It is a visual representation used as a focus point for the practice of meditation. Mandalas are ancient, sacred symbols of wholeness and are used for facilitating personal growth, healing, grounding and transformation. The intense repetition of pattern captures the attention of the viewer. All of Bala’s paintings are created intuitively, painted freehand. “I add a mirror in the center of my mandala paintings, as they are about centering oneself and regaining a balance,” explains the artist. “They also allow the audience to be a part of the artwork themselves.” Bala’s mandala paintings greet viewers with a sense of familiarity, with repetitive patterns reminding them of henna art, simultaneously creating an excitement to explore more of the texture and geometry. Meet the artist now! This vibrant and colorful exhibit were at the ACA February 15 - March 17, with an artist reception on Saturday, February 18, from 6-9 p.m.
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