Opening Reception - Kathy Malone

  • InterUrban ArtHouse 8001 Conser Street Overland Park, KS, 66204 United States
My Mandalas are mixed media collage art created using cut or torn paper arranged in a variety of patterns on circular wooden discs.  The circles are covered with a thick glaze coating that gives them a shiny surface.  I use a variety of bright colors and multiple patterns mixed together in one image.  They are each ‘one of a kind’ and reflect different moods or inspirations that I experience.
I started creating mandala’s about three years ago while in school working on counseling degree.  I was studying Karl Jung, and reading about his personal transformation through creating mandalas, and doing his own inner work.  I began drawing and coloring simple mandalas that reflected my interior state.  I found it relaxing and enjoyable, and a good way to process what I was feeling.  I decided to create a large cut paper 38” lazy susan for my dining room table, and to make it a personal therapeutic process for me.  I was inspired to pick paper and images and shapes that were symbolic and meaningful of my life journey.  I worked on this mandala for over 3 months, and the process was very eye opening and healing for me.  I found myself saving old wrapping paper and tissue paper, and looking for more decorative paper to purchase.  I started creating more three dimensional cut paper mandalas out of wooden circles, and my interest/obsession grew.  I honed my mandala skills by practice, and started using a “pour on” glaze coating on top of the mandalas for a shinier more sturdy presentation.  During one period I created a mandala per day, and have messed up my whole house with cut paper and glue.  I enlisted the help of a carpenter friend to help me create more lazy susan wooden bases to work on.  I have created over 200 mandalas of different sizes, shapes and colors.