Credit: Kalyani Phadke, Amaranthine, 2021, bristol vellum and ink pens on paper.
Thursday Artist Talk: Kalyani Phadke, "Mandala—The Art of Mindfulness"
In this talk organized by Surrey Art Gallery Association, Kalyani Phadke shares her passion for mandala art.
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Free. Proof of vaccination is required with government-issued photo ID.
Kalyani Phadke invites audiences to come along on her journey as a software engineer who developed a passion for mandala art. In this illustrated and interactive talk, she will demonstrate the progression of a mandala evolving from a small circle to a detailed design, emphasizing its rhythmic and therapeutic aspects. She will also talk briefly about the art form’s history and its close resemblance to the Indian art form Rangoli, both of which have a spiritual connection.
“The magic of mandala art lies in the process of creating it,” says Phadke. “Mandala became my best friend during the pandemic. Its intricate nature might seem strenuous and difficult in the beginning, but it is quite the opposite. You get into the flow easily by following a rhythm, repeating patterns, and extrapolating your imagination.”
She adds that the biggest gift that the process gave her was to stay in the moment, which helped her overcome stress at work as well as at home.
About the Artist
Kalyani Phadke has been a software engineer at Delta Controls for the last fifteen years. A photography enthusiast, a skillful multi-cuisine cook, and an avid reader, Phadke loves exploring different art forms to expand her knowledge and build self-awareness. Apart from the world of technology and art, she dons multiple hats at home as a wife, mother, and daughter. She lives in Burnaby.
About Surrey Art Gallery Association
Surrey Art Gallery Association (SAGA) is a non-profit society that offers its members the opportunity to participate in and respond to contemporary art and be part of a community that actively supports Surrey Art Gallery.