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Through my paintings, I aim to provide an opportunity for the viewer to find both spiritual and meditative elements, with the hopes that these can lead them to a few moments of escape to discover the beauty that lies within.
Vidya Shyamsundar is a self-taught artist and a mural painter who paints colorful intricate geometric patterns & motifs inspired by her Indian culture. Her recent works primarily focus on two subject areas: abstract landscapes with pops of colors, texture & mystic shapes and yoga, meditation & mandala art. Born and raised in India, she came to the United States 21 years ago; pursed a degree in Finance; and later worked in the business industry until she chose to become a stay at home mom. Her debut into the art world was truly a happy accident. She says, "I would have never thought signing up for an art class as an avenue for distraction from chores would steer me into a world of possibilities that I am pursuing now." Art making became a hobby, then became her passion, and now her journey that she cherishes since 2015.
Vidya grew up in a joint family where the members followed every religious event and ritual with no fail. Making a mandala every day by her mother was one of them. She says, "I have always admired my mother's ability to transform anything that she did with an artistic flair. It could be her drawing a mandala, sewing a dress, cooking a dish or keeping the home organized. Probably, these silent observations subconsciously got buried in me and came out as an awakening call in my late thirties". In Indian culture, a mandala is viewed as a sign of invitation to welcome people into your home; a tribute to harmonious co-existence; and thought to bring prosperity. According to Vidya, the precise symmetry of geometric patterns in a mandala indicates the value of repetitive mundane activities that we may find boring but so crucial to keep our life balanced bringing harmony and unity in our lives.
Vidya Shyamsundar's abstract landscapes on the other hand, is a representation of escaping a few moments from reality to free our mind which helps us regain new energy from within. She says, "through my landscapes, I want the viewers to travel to a world of fantasy where they can be what they want to be. Perhaps, a few moments living in a blissful place of joy. A place to dream, a place to make the impossible possible, a place to hope that the best is yet to happen. But, not too long, they travel back to reality and strive to make their dreams come true with a new energy and perception".
Vidya Shyamsundar's choice of medium consists of acrylics, alcohol inks, and mixed media. Colors form an integral part of her paintings and the choice of her palette range from a mix of neutral to bold and vibrant. She uses materials and supplies that are archival and paints on substrates such as tempered hardboard, claybord, and yupo. Her paintings can be found in local galleries, open studio tours, local art shows, and in her own home studio gallery in Downingtown, PA. Her stunning 6' x 6' Mandala Mural can be viewed at Yoga Secrets, a beautiful yoga studio located in the quaint historic town of Kennett Square, PA. Vidya also teaches mandala art workshops where each participant creates a unique mandala painting with meditative music along with relishing some India tea while enjoying conversations about art & culture. She lives with her husband who is a research scientist & an engineer and her two young daughters of ages 14 and 9. Vidya enjoys organizing and decorating spaces outside of art making.
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