Here are some pics from the first cart mandala made with a crew. We arrived at a Target in Lutz, Florida at 6am and got straight to work. Through the darkness we put together the design using a picture of a model I had made in my studio. was It was a learning experience for sure. Forever grateful to all who helped! With the award of this grant from the Arts Council of Hillsborough County, I pushed my ideas and my work to a greater scale and depth that I wouldn’t have as easily without it. I took on a project of creating eight large-scale mandalas and it was quite an endeavor. I stretched myself to complete the work which included but was not limited to: researching stores with carts of specific colors, receiving permission from stores, finding the best stores to use based on parking lot aesthetics and distances safe for drone photography, finding a way to mock-up the design before the photo shoot, being at the store at sunrise to get a shot without shadows and dealing with opening hours, organizing helpers to arrange the carts, and finally editing the images to printing them.
I now have more confidence in myself as an artist to take on bigger projects and know that I have the skills to create them in the future.
The concept and meaning of the work itself is also continuing to unfold, as it’s available for the public to see. By exploring societal consumerism and consumption in a playful and possibly spiritual way, I’m helping to raise questions regarding the psychology and politics with which these subjects are intertwined.