This mural is one of my first in Santa Fe. It depicts the Shri Yantra – a sacred geometry tool for meditation.
The yantra (mandala) was painted with a silicone based paint in three colors: yellow, gold and dark magenta (for contrast).
This sacred geometry drawing represents one of the most revered yantras in the Shri Vidya school of Hindu tantra. It contains nine interlocked triangles which radiate out the center. There are many meanings of this sacred chakra, such as it being a tool for transcendence and the union of the Divine Feminine and Masculine.
In the center is the bindu, a concentration of energy representing the expansion of the cosmos. Radiating from this center are nine intersecting triangles enclosed by lotus petals, symbolizing the powers of creation and reproduction. The four lotuses beyond the outer circle represent the four regions of the universe.
The painting combines mat, egg shell and glossy elements, creating an extra layer for a three dimensional experience.
This project was very challenging because its execution took time during off hours of the studio, which has a very busy schedule.
Although I calculated and prepared a mock up design of it on tracing paper, the mandala was drawn directly on the wall without a stencil. When I painted straight lines and circles I used rulers and a large handmade compass (made specifically for this project). Lotuses were painted free hand using different brushes to add to richness and uniqueness of their shape.