Recent Exhibition-Lynda Shalagan

LYNDA SHALAGAN

INSIDE: an exploration of the mandala form

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH TO FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25TH

EXHIBITION HOURS: MONDAY-FRIDAY 11:00 AM-3:00 PM

OPENING RECEPTION: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH 2:00-3:30 PM

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“At the Still Point of the Turning World”
In Lynda Shalagan’s own words offered to us in the title of the exhibition, we are invited to share her exploration of the mandala’s form. In a most profound manner Shalagan’s art practice, mature in nature, is gifted with the emptying out of the self to allow for the others (in this case the beautiful mandala inspired works in collage, fabric and paint) to become wholly what each needs to be. I would go further and suggest the beauty of the works in this exhibition, are grounded in Shalagan’s experience of mandalas rather than the analytical pursuit of an understanding or comprehension of what they are. To accompany Shalagan we must join with her in the hope of experiencing the dissolution of our own sense of subjectivity, of self-centredness, so that we too may be graced with the experience of our being grounded in the Other (for some of us called God) and our being grounded in a relation to all others of the created order. I offer the possibility that “the still place at the centre of the experience” which Shalagan speaks to is, in the words of Thomas Merton, “an encounter [with God] not as Being, but as Freedom and Love.”[1]

– Ian McKinnon November 2016
“At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless;
Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is,
But neither arrest nor movement. And do not call it fixity,
Where past and future are gathered. Neither movement from nor towards,
Neither ascent nor decline. Except for the point, the still point,
There would be no dance, and there is only the dance.
I can only say, there we have been: but I cannot say where.
And I cannot say, how long, for that is to place it in time.”[2]
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[1] Thomas Merton, Zen and the Birds of Appetite, (New Directions Books, McClelland & Stewart Ltd. 1968) pp. 24-25
[2] T.S. Eliot, Burnt Norton, The Four Quartets, T. S. Eliot : The Complete Poems and Plays (Harcourt, Brace and Company 1952) pp. 119