Sometimes the social hustle and bustle surrounding the art world almost makes me forget why I love art in the first place. Then, I stumble upon works like the Danmala series by Kathy Klein and I am reminded…
Each of these stunning compositions is a Danmala: in sanskrit ‘dan’ means giver and ‘mala’ is a garland of flowers. Danmala is a giving of flowers circles. They resemble mandalas and their execution follows the same meditative practice.
After spotting a devotional space in the open nature, Kathy Klein immerses herself in pure silence and gathers flowers and other natural objects. She then creates patterns with them. Each Danmala emanates a sense of peaceful grace. The organic arrangement and the elegantly combined explosion of colours release a sense of vibrant vitality. They quietly but powerfully speak of life’s abundance.
These danmalas have taken me back, at the heart of my love for art. Art can come from the most simple source of inspiration, the natural world. And from the most humble and unpretentious response to it, which – I feel – nowadays is not such as straightforward as we can think of.
The sentence ‘Beauty will save the world‘ keeps resonating in my mind while I write. And I suddenly also remember from where the quote comes: it is pronounced by Prince Myshkin – The Idiot of the homonymous novel by Dostoevsky. Call me an idiot if you like, but beauty is something undefinable that seizes the human heart.
Or, as Wayne White would say: Beauty is Embarrassing! And once more, I found that kind of art in these danmalas, just like a few days ago in Iain Blake’s Stone Footsteps.
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I couldn’t agree with you more! Kathy’s magnificent work is abundant with divine beauty, reminding us of the simple, but powerful splendor that exists within us and around us. Looking at them (each more beautiful than the next) just makes you smile inside, doesn’t it?! Thanks for this lovely article about my childhood friend’s magical Danmalas.
Thank you for visiting this virtual space, Sari. It gives me such joy to share what speaks to my heart with you. You know, before reading your comment I was just thinking how difficult it is sometimes to express in words the absolute beauty of the Danmalas. And I though that I should have described what they do to me better: they are the most serene yet firm, joyful and wise at once, smile of the world. Isn’t it something that you feel they make you smile inside? A smile outside and inside at once!
my joy to have you here with me!
Oh my goodness this is beautiful!!!!