HERNDON EXHIBITIONS/THE MANDALA PROJECT
January 10, 2021 - January 20, 2021
The Mandala project is a community based, participatory action aimed at addressing the outcome of the upcoming election through the construction and subsequent destruction of a sand mandala. This activity will be based in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition of the mandala ritual, and any member of the community, both on-campus and off, will be able to participate in its construction.
- This process will be facilitated by visual artist Lynda White from the class of 1988. Lynda graduated with a BA in the Visual Arts. Lynda has spent much of her professional career as a photo stylist, and more recently as a props coordinator on Broadway for the Lion King.
- This project is intended to support a process of healing and well being through the communal creation of this mandala, specifically at this point in time. The process also includes the disruption of the mandals and its being deposited within a moving body of water. This activity is slated for the last day of the mandala’s creation.
- This project will start on January 10, 2021, and will continue through January 20, 2021, the day that marks the transfer of power in the United States Presidential race. Depending on the outcome of the election, the outcome of this process will have a very different focus.
- This project will be executed in the Herndon Gallery on the Antioch Campus. In order to be mindful of the pandemic and the structures that must be imposed on the gathering of groups, the mandala is going to be 10’ in diameter with only 3 people working on it at a time. It will also be elevated off of the floor to allow for participation from as large a segment of the community as possible. The Herndon gallery will also be live streaming the event in its entirety, and this stream will be hosted on the Gallery’s webpage. Lynda will act as a facilitator for this project, and will also prepare materials about the traditions and the execution of the mandala.
- There will be a call for participation that will go out to the community at large, and there will be a place to sign up for specific slots of time during the 10 days it will take for the mandala to be created. Each day will be six hours long with three two hour work sessions for each of the people who sign up to participate. Schedules will be available online and at the entrance to the gallery.