The elephant God Ganesh is symbolic of auspiciousness, strength and intellectual prowess. The image of Ganesh thus represents man's eternal striving towards integration with nature.
Abstract art seeks to break away from traditional representation of physical objects. It explores the relationships of forms and colours, where as more traditional art represents the world in recognisable images.
My inspiration for creating different forms of Ganesh are derived from the shape of the elephant tusks, trunk and ears.
Elephants are found living in herds as a family, with one matriarch in charge and other matriarchs as valued role models.
African tribes, recognizing and honoring the emotional characteristics of elephants pass legends of mythical elephants with special powers from generation to generation.
Observations of elephants’ intelligence and compassion are part of tribal life. Elephants have an innate sense of love, compassion, grief and trauma.
A Mandala is a Hindu or Buddhist graphic symbol of the universe; specifically : a circle enclosing a square with a deity on each side that is used chiefly as an aid to meditation
It is also a graphic and often symbolic pattern usually in the form of a circle divided into four separate sections or bearing a multiple projection of an image
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Mandvo is one of the rituals that takes place in Hindu/Jain wedding. Traditionally a wedding took place under a wooden canopy called a mandap/mandvo, in the olden days this would be put up outside where you would need to dig the ground for the structure to stay in place.
This ceremony asks for the blessings of Mother Earth for the digging to start. These days the priest will ask for some sand to be brought into a small decorated pot into which they will insert a decorated wood log to mark the significance.