From June 21 to June 24 artist Chrysanne Stathacos will be at MAO and she'll create a mandala with mirrors and roses.
For me the Rose Mandalas evocatively created by Chrysanne Stathacos symbolise the gradual unfolding of our innate spiritual potential. Conversely these mandalas remind us of the inherent impermanence of even the beautiful.
Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo
Chrysanne Stathacos is a multidisciplinary artist of Greek, American and Canadian origin. Her work has encompasses printmaking, textile, painting, installation and conceptual art. Stathacos is heavily involved with and influenced by feminism, Greek Mythology, eastern spirituality and Tibetan Buddhism, all of which inform her current artistic practice.
As part of the exhibition The Great Void and of the project #MAOTempoPresente, the artist has been invited to perform at the MAO: over four days, from 21 to 24 June, Stathacos will give life to "Blowing Roses", an installation of the Rose Mandala series.
“At MAO I will be creating a work from my Rose Mandala series, Blowing Roses.The Rose Mandala installations are based on historical circular structures with the intention of creating a temporal work which changes over time. These works are created by plucking dozens of roses apart petal by petal circling coloured mirrors range from 10 feet to 60 feet wide.The viewers senses are touched by waves of rose scents inhabiting the space of the work. The mandalas are left to dry as the petals are reduces to a quarter of their original size. At the end, the mandala is dismantled in a final performance.The Rose Mandalas have been swept up, gathered and thrown to the winds or blown away by human in breath by myself and the audience. These installation/performances reflect the ephemeral process of change, age, decay and emptiness”
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