It was rather different working with primarily all wooden pieces and skeletons of trees-- as it took some elbow grease to bend and break branches off of larger branches, then dragging them to their designated ground in an effort to assemble an ephermal art pieces (as seen in above image.) It felt masculine and less of an intuitive process while I was making judgments and rationalism on how I could fit these wooden pieces in like you would a jig-saw puzzle. It wasn’t the usual fanciful acquisition this time; I was scavenging for specific kinds of deadened wood among the mowed-down and barren meadow. I felt my blood pulsing through my veins as I traveled back and forth umpteenth times over to my mandala arrangement across different stretches of areas in the field by Big Flat Brook in the Delaware Water Gap region of New Jersey. All of my senses were fully engaged, I was sweating like a bandit, getting scratched and scraped by the sharp brush and branches and my hands were becoming full of blisters and splinters while lugging the debris. Why was I placing myself in such a discomforting yet exhilarating form? Where was I getting at, in all of this? The question does remain, what is my intention in making this work? Was it to be made for the beauty, challenge, fun, expel wound-up energies, celebration of love, self-compassion, for the release of emotions, a desire, all of the above, etcetera, etcetera?
Earth Mandalas aren’t always an attempt to create something "beautiful" with natural materials and they are not always so pleasing to look at either—in fact I have created many mandalas (all of the time, for years) and have only decided to share a select few for multiple of reasons and to be honest sometimes it is for reasons of aesthetics. Certainly, there is ‘beauty there, is truth’ and so many facets of beauty, right? What makes beauty, what makes art beautiful or even you, beautiful? Perhaps, great questions to ponder. Mandalas across the world and mine included are often created with design elements in mind (line, shape, color, symmetry, forms, juxtaposition, compositions, patterns and texture). Also, they are sometimes created for the constancy of dreadful opportunities of self-analysis through metaphors/themes, to learn from the process and to experience the creation with a purpose whether it is for catharsis or with intentions for meditation— in a prayer of gratitude, wonder, longings and thanks.
Being an artist isn’t always about creating beautiful things or appeasing others with aesthetics; it is about ‘who we are as humans and where we have been.’ Art-making in it’s truest and authentic expression is a sacred, mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical act, secured in materials and has the potential to be infused with passions, exertions and is an outlet to hone in difficult emotions to communicate; such as rage, despair, pain, or unspoken sorrow. Art whether it is created with ease or pain-- whether it is considered ugly or beautiful has a language full of depth, value, meaning and is meant to be honored…even celebrated.
My encouragement and my sincere affirmations to you: be generous, be nurturing, give words and thoughts of life to the wounded-ness and to your aches within yourself and unto others with loved ones alike. We can begin to acknowledge the perceived ugliness and the beauty in ourselves via art modality and in the process of creation. We can begin to see ourselves in the subconscious that is apparent in our process and in our consciousness where forefront of our product resides. How art can be so many things, how is can be playful with the versatile levels of consciousness, the layers are like a bird’s nest- holding it all and harboring our fragility yet the paradox of resiliency— we are just mere humans with soul and Children of The Creator, afterall.
I invite the Reader, to keep your mystery while many choose a ghastly over-exposure and exploitation of human-kinds; and such as life and such a moment that lends space for the well-crafted Lover and Artist to incubate like an egg in their story and emerge in time to share themselves with it and from it on internal realms that connects to the collective unconsciousness— in pieces to the whole. Your truth when manifested into words and creations has the potential to enliven healing for others, did you know that have that powerful ability? To share what was not in existence before…to be catalysts for healing not just for ourselves, but for others as well! In heart of hearts, continue to focus, embrace who you are in this world, the important role you keep, the transformations you will bring and work in a way (wherever you are) that feels authentically right, that's worthwhile— nevertheless, remebering to keep it real in an era of individualistic and societal facades. In the current of motioning change lays the stillness of our hope.
Peace to you,
"The Wooded Nest"- An Earth Mandala assembled by Moriah M. Mylod on 4/15/18 at Big Flat Brook, Delaware River in Sussex County, NJ.
detail of "A Wooded Nest"
It has been an honor to donate one of my large paintings, titled, "Birth of Reverberation" and having it accepted as a gift from The Center for Great Expectations (CGE) in Somerset, New Jersey. I work as an Art Therapist at CGE in the Trauma-Informed Residential Treatment Program for Adolescent Mothers and Adult Mothers in Recovery and one of my most humbling missions is to bring heART to people and places where there wasn't any before!
This piece already has quite a history and meaning behind it that is now glorified in a foyer space where others may have the opportunity to experience the harmonizing and healing energy it exudes. My intention in this piece is to fill the space with a visual reminder for all that acts of 'kindness are truly endless' they are contagious and reverberate to one person to another, to a community to the world in which we live...perpetuating on and on into The Infinite. Giving is wholeness, it is considered one of the 'Love Languages' and it is a Divine Gift by both the Giver and the Receiver.
Giving and creating art has always been a reciprocal act of love, for me. Mother Teresa once spoke about how no act of kindness is too small that even the act of kind words are easy to speak and that they keep giving and echoing on forever. Whether we give our presence, service, or words- they are all Love and such like ripples on a pond having impact that can be translated in every language through time and never lost. Furthermore, pressing upon the concept of giving- remember that everyone has the ability to give in any capacity or another as it is our sovereign right, conscious choice and duty. No act too small.
Photograph taken by Mara Domider of Moriah M. Mylod appearing next to her Acrylic Painting on Canvas, "Birth of Reverberations" 4ft x 6ft , circa 2017. Thank you to John Gorton for custom building the frame/installation. Another specials thanks to South Ridge Community Church in Flemington, NJ for supplying the art materials and space to create this paintings.
Hello Friends— Ring in the New Year, 2018 with dazzling Earth Mandalas, sourced by nature’s palette and carefully handcrafted by Moriah M. Mylod with playful patterns and thoughtful assemblages. Each different, 12 Earth Mandalas celebrate the spirit of every season radiating blessings, meditations and peace that speaks to the impermanence of Nature and Ephermal Arts. Be surprised for the 12TH month of December Earth Mandala as it is unwrapped on the day of arrival in essence of a Holiday gift waiting to be opened! May the enchanted beauty and meaning of every Earth Mandala bring the magic of each month into your space and may you detach them off your calendar when done to display them as art for all the years to come.
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Check out this large painting I had the pleasure to create for the Foyer in South Ridge Community Church (7 Pittstown Road, Clinton, NJ 08809) in celebration of their message series they have called "Reverberate" on Sunday Service from 9 to 10:45 p.m. now until December 3rd. Peace to you this week as we enter into the weekend- CHEERS!
Painting is a lot like praying, it's a form of meditation for me, so to speak. Choosing colors, pouring paint, mixing, dabbing my brush in water, wiping it down, placement, motion, deciding the position of strokes and pressure applied to with which suiting brush, blending etc-- that's all I'm really thinking about and I usually leave my work feeling more energized, productive, connected, and whole. I feel a sense of connection with my Self, with my Creator, with what is let out of me and the side of me that so strongly and deeply desires to give birth to an expression. It is beautiful when you allow The Spirit to work through you and the innate creative process that wishes to flow, which happens whilst taking a little courage to get oriented with, initially. Getting messy with the paint and with the colors of your emotions, with the shape of thoughts, strokes of decisions and being with your entire Self as you attempt to control a medium that is fluid, liquid and that moves in such a matter and such as life, how much do we really have control of, anyway? In the meantime, I will find mastery in what I can do in a medium that frees my spirit and takes me to a space internally where I am empowered and I am peaceful...at least for the moments of today. In any event, here is a detail shot of the finish product- titled, "Birth of The Reverberation." Stay tuned to see my piece in it's glory & entirety hanging in the church foyer. May peace be upon whoever experiences this piece and upon you today, also
Included my married initial/name into my monographic signature-- that I've been using to sign my artwork since I was 16 or so, is now slightly modified. Do you see the "D"?
Thank you to THE best husband Jason Tex for lending helping hands during my installation process and CGE for inviting me to do this marvelous exhibition. My artwork is made up of mostly acrylic paintings ranging from circa 2014- 2017. May they bring a sense of peace, healing and speak to that soulful place inside the dreamer who experiences them.
Friday was the open house at our new outpatient location for @The Center for Great Expectations (CGE) 303 George St. New Brunswick, NJ. We serve treatment for gender-specific and focus on early and sustained recovery, co-occurring mental health disorders, relapse prevention, and parenting and life skills, through case management, psychotherapy and peer support. Feel free to check out the services and see my art!
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There is lots to update you with and my personal site. I am waiting for a good time to update my site with new art, paintings, earth mandalas, and poetry.-- coming soon, so stay tuned! In the meantime, I wanted to wish you all, a Happy and Bountiful Autumn!
Check out my latest earth mandala that I assembled in Asbury, NJ:
(all materials are naturally sourced from the area, carefully hand-picked and assembled near a bodywater) #earthmandala #mandala#meditation #spiritualpractice #sacredcircle #autumn#symmetry #pattern #fall #color #texture #shape#selfcare #naturalelements #photography#earthworks #art #newjersey #nature #moriahmylod
My feature on Earth Mandalas in the Lehigh Happening online magazine!
Beautifully assembled group mandala from my earth mandala workshop I facilitated and was hosted by Historic Bethlehem Museums and Sites!
Detail of the group mandala assembled in the Sister's House court yard.
Create your own earth Mandalas on this guided stroll through nature with Artist and Art Therapist Moriah M. Mylod as part of the Single Sisters Series. Meeting at 22 West Church Street in Bethlehem @ 1:00 p.m.
Unwind as you gather pieces of nature throughout this guided walk to assemble an earth mandala outside the Single Sisters' House.
What are earth mandalas? They are an ancient art-making practice of spiritual and aesthetic value that are usually circular in design.
I will be showing tonight at the Prallsvilles Mills (The Red Saw Mill) with the Hunderton Art Tour this weekend for THIS 'n THAT pop up artist group show reception May 6th from 7 p.m. - 11 p.m.
We Hope to See You there!