TMNT: Tibetan Mandala for a New Theology - Original Artwork - Damaged and Restored
Acrylic on Canvas 30"x30" - Destroyed and Restored in Gold
The Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi recognizes that all is flawed, and accepts these imperfections as unique and beautiful. Kintsugi, the art of repairing pottery with gold or other bright colors, accentuates and draws attention to the flaws, marking events in the life of objects.
This is one of the most influential and important mythologies from my childhood set into the style of a classic mandala, this one based on the Buddha Amitayus from 19th century Tibet.
At center, Kraang meditates within the Dimension X portal, awakened and aware of himself not as his android body, nor the brain within, but the idea of self within the brain. The Technodrome surrounds, with the minor deities of Shredder, Baxter Stockman, Bebop, Rocksteady, and the Foot Clan performing mudras with their traditional ritual weapons. The Sanskrit incantation that boxes this in is a rough translation of the theme song from the 1987 cartoon series reminding the student of the roles of the Four Brothers: Leonardo leads, Donatello does machines, Raphael is cool, but rude, Michelangelo is a party dude. These brothers reside in the above sewer level, while on the street level, Casey Jones, April O'neil and Splinter perform their own mudras.