I created the series “Unkown Horizons” for our end of year exhibition for our Bachelor of Arts and Media graduates show. The series was inspired by forms and fractals found within nature. Every part of the pattern was carefully drawn freehand using a 0.05 pigment liner on paper.


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The delicateness of each piece is furthermore explored upon close encounter with the piece. At first glance from a distance you don’t notice the details within the centre of the mandalas which are made up entirely of dots known as pointillism or a stippling technique. The meticulous technique is used to build up tone within the image, the darker an area, the more dots there are.

Mandala means “sacred circle” in Sanskrit, it is a never ending circle which has a sense of wholeness, and a connection between our inner world and outer reality. Psychoanalyst Carl jung described the mandala as “a representation of the unconscious self”.

These intricate mandala designs incorporate nature forms and fractals in the outer rings and Northern European pine in the centre, the Bindu. Unlike the formal rows of NZ pine plantings with their soft wood which required tantalising, the Northern European pines grow in natural configuration and are a hardy species. They stand tall and strong, just as we can while never knowing how intense the winds will be.

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Unknown Horizons

Unknown Horizons

Unknown Horizons

Unknown Horizons

Unknown Horizons

Unknown Horizons

Unknown Horizons