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Mandala: A Tessellation of Culture
Mandala is a radial art form known for symmetrical geometric patterns within a circular form. While its oldest known roots stem from Hindu art, the mesmerizing art form found its way to multiple cultural traditions ranging from Buddhism, Islam, and other Eastern religions, and reaching as far as the Arabian Peninsula and Japan.

Distant civilizations, like the pre-Columbian Mesoamericans, also utilized a similar style to preserve their myths and stories in circular stones. Even pre-colonial Filipinos, perhaps indirectly influenced by their Asian neighbors, adopted similar styles in indigenous tattoos, like flowers and celestial sphere designs. Even when not depicting strict mandalas, the pre-colonial Filipinos took to heart symmetry in tattoo culture. Traditionally, mandalas were used to express visual representations of religious symbols. However, the encompassing nature and beauty of this craft had not eluded secular artists from following its principles.

Artists for the Mandala: Tessellation of Culture exhibit, both religious and secular, do not limit their artistic practice with the mandala style alone but will also be complementing it with other art styles, such as Tessellation. This design usually focuses on small geometric shapes or patterns that fill empty spaces and gaps from the main artwork.

Nov 23, 2021 02:00 PM in Singapore

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