Mandalas Formed From Foraged Wood and River Stones

Graphic designer Matt W. Moore has always been attracted to the infinite possibilities of mandalas, spending a great deal of time producing graphically-oriented grids on both canvases on walls. When Moore had the chance to take an artist residency in Eden, Utah he decided that he would like to reconsider the motif, gathering elements found scattered on the mountains and nearby valley. The result of his foraging is a series of neatly organized designs, concentric elements composed of bark, cattails, shale, and river stones.

“At first it felt like playing caveman Tetris, somewhat of a flashback to building block castles I made as a child, but as the configurations evolved to be more complex I very much felt like a graphic artist or bricklayer, every measurement had to be dialed and every pebble or twig needed to be carefully placed,” said Moore in a description of the project. “By the end of the series it no longer felt like assemblage art, instead it was more of a painterly process, with the palette to my left and my paintbrush replaced with elemental expressions and flourishes, kind of like painting with mother nature’s paintbrush.”

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3 thoughts on “Mandalas Formed From Foraged Wood and River Stones

  1. Reblogged this on mira prabhu and commented:
    What is a Mandala? Sacred Geography, used often for mystical purposes. Take a look at these natural mandalas fashioned out of foraged wood and river stones – so lovely! Thank you, Matt W. Moore for your fine work, and Alk3, for sharing….

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