• monoprint, var.ed. of 10
    12 x 12 (image), 16 x 16 (frame)

     

    Mandalas, Labyrinths and Chakras

     

    The seeds of creativity for my artwork of mandalas, labyrinths and chakras were sewn in 1997 when I began to make changes to my lifestyle. I came to realize the craziness of my life and the need for a more spiritual presence. I began to meditate again, which I hadn’t done for years. I changed my diet, excluding meat and poultry. I began walking regularly. I learned about Feng Shui and made changes to my home to promote positive energy. I started writing in a journal: stream of consciousness writing without re-reading what I had written. It was a form of letting go and releasing the thoughts running through my head. The Tao, David Spangler, and many other books on spirituality and mysticism became a part of my life. I was also inspired by the small but powerful book Jonathan Livingston Seagull, about a seagull who chooses to fly differently from his flock. Through a friend, I discovered the power of walking a labyrinth. I also began learning about the Kabbalah of Jewish mysticism.

     

    These continuing explorations and my efforts to become more in tune with my own spirituality and that of others have changed me profoundly. I have learned to let go of past resentments, anxieties and worries about the future, and to live more in the present. I have begun to feel the connection that we as human beings have with all of nature. Water, mountain, tree, sky, flower, leaf, humankind and animals are all connected as energy and reality. When we feel that connection, we are in harmony with nature. We realize that when we harm another, we harm ourselves. 

     

    I came to see the concept of oneness and interconnectedness as a common thread in many world cultures - Asian, Eastern, Native American, Aborigine, and Jewish mysticism of the Kaballah. Artwork that implements the symbols and characters of different cultures is another avenue for levels of connection. The mandala, usually a round art form, is often used as a meditation tool. It seemed to be a natural artistic framework to tie together these connections. My mandalas borrow freely from the symbologies of many such beliefs and cultures in order to highlight the commonalities between them. 

     

    My solo show Connections in 2001, and three expanded solo shows that followed, provided an avenue for sharing the transformative effect of spirituality on my life and my art. My goal has been to create art that enhances the awareness, spirituality and inner harmony of the viewer. I have tried to create art that promotes good chi: creative and positive energy and inner healing. 

     

    Media

    Each print requires hours of time to hand color a mylar plate with Caran d'Ache water-soluble crayons. Arches black paper is dampened and laid on top of the mylar plate. The plate is handprinted, using the pressure of a hand roller, a silk-screen squeegee and a doorknob in a sock. After printing, colors are further enhanced directly on the print. Although the mylar matrix can be used to make additional prints, each print must be individually hand-colored on the plate and after printing, making a variation that uniquely reflects the hand of the artist. The layering of colors allows me to create a glow that enhances the spiritual aspect of the print. I enjoy working with a printmaking process that is both non-toxic and direct.

    Basal Chakra – Earth by Marian Osher ©2001
    600,600
  • monoprint, var.ed. of 10
    12 x 12 (image), 16 x 16 (frame)
    Sacral Chakra – Water by Marian Osher ©2001
    600,600
  • monoprint, var.ed. of 10
    12 x 12 (image), 16 x 16 (frame)
    Solar Plexus Chakra – Fire by Marian Osher ©2001
    600,600
  • monoprint, var.ed. of 10
    12 x 12 (image), 16 x 16 (frame)
    Heart Chakra – Air by Marian Osher ©2001
    600,600
  • monoprint, var.ed. of 10
    12 x 12 (image), 16 x 16 (frame) 

    Throat Chakra – Ether by Marian Osher ©2001
    600,600
  • monoprint, var.ed. of 10
    12 x 12 (image), 16 x 16 (frame)
    Brow Chakra – Eye of Wisdom by Marian Osher ©2001
    600,600
  • monoprint, var.ed. of 10
    12 x 12 (image), 16 x 16 (frame)
    Crown Chakra – Spirit by Marian Osher ©2001
    600,600
  • Mandalas, Labyrinths and Chakras

     

    The seeds of creativity for my artwork of mandalas, labyrinths and chakras were sewn in 1997 when I began to make changes to my lifestyle. I came to realize the craziness of my life and the need for a more spiritual presence. I began to meditate again, which I hadn’t done for years. I changed my diet, excluding meat and poultry. I began walking regularly. I learned about Feng Shui and made changes to my home to promote positive energy. I started writing in a journal: stream of consciousness writing without re-reading what I had written. It was a form of letting go and releasing the thoughts running through my head. The Tao, David Spangler, and many other books on spirituality and mysticism became a part of my life. I was also inspired by the small but powerful book Jonathan Livingston Seagull, about a seagull who chooses to fly differently from his flock. Through a friend, I discovered the power of walking a labyrinth. I also began learning about the Kabbalah of Jewish mysticism.

     

    These continuing explorations and my efforts to become more in tune with my own spirituality and that of others have changed me profoundly. I have learned to let go of past resentments, anxieties and worries about the future, and to live more in the present. I have begun to feel the connection that we as human beings have with all of nature. Water, mountain, tree, sky, flower, leaf, humankind and animals are all connected as energy and reality. When we feel that connection, we are in harmony with nature. We realize that when we harm another, we harm ourselves. 

     

    I came to see the concept of oneness and interconnectedness as a common thread in many world cultures - Asian, Eastern, Native American, Aborigine, and Jewish mysticism of the Kaballah. Artwork that implements the symbols and characters of different cultures is another avenue for levels of connection. The mandala, usually a round art form, is often used as a meditation tool. It seemed to be a natural artistic framework to tie together these connections. My mandalas borrow freely from the symbologies of many such beliefs and cultures in order to highlight the commonalities between them. 

     

    My solo show Connections in 2001, and three expanded solo shows that followed, provided an avenue for sharing the transformative effect of spirituality on my life and my art. My goal has been to create art that enhances the awareness, spirituality and inner harmony of the viewer. I have tried to create art that promotes good chi: creative and positive energy and inner healing. 

     

    Media

    Each print requires hours of time to hand color a mylar plate with Caran d'Ache water-soluble crayons. Arches black paper is dampened and laid on top of the mylar plate. The plate is handprinted, using the pressure of a hand roller, a silk-screen squeegee and a doorknob in a sock. After printing, colors are further enhanced directly on the print. Although the mylar matrix can be used to make additional prints, each print must be individually hand-colored on the plate and after printing, making a variation that uniquely reflects the hand of the artist. The layering of colors allows me to create a glow that enhances the spiritual aspect of the print. I enjoy working with a printmaking process that is both non-toxic and direct.

    Artist's Statement About Mandalas, Labyrinths and Chakras by Marian Os
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