What seems flat is turned and twisted into space.
The works transition between two and three dimensions.
I fold a plane again and again, then cut it and open it up.
(from the artist’s statement)
Mandala in Sanskrit means circle. It is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing the Universe. The basic form of most mandalas is a square with four gates containing a circle with a center point. Even though it may be dominated by squares or triangles, a mandala has a concentric structure. Mandalas offer balancing visual elements, symbolizing unity and harmony. The meanings of individual mandalas is usually different and unique to each mandala. The goal of the mandala is to serve as a tool on our spiritual journey as it symbolizes cosmic and psychic order.
Zoe Keramea first applied the concept of the Mandala, the combination of the geometric shapes, circle and square, to Mandala Memory, a classic card matching game, that was developed as an app by DuKode for the iPhone and the iPad. The artist created each unique image, 108 symbols, out of hand-cut mulberry paper.
Various series of Mandalas were cut according to size, each one as a unique image: 40 x 40 cm (originally cut for the iPhone application), 80 x 80 cm (originally cut for the iPad expanded version), and a limited set of large size Mandalas: World Serpent, Fire, Ocean, and Manhattan.