Elisa Contemporary Art presents “Other Worldly: Mandalas and Spirits.” The exhibit is a journey through the visions of four contemporary female artists as they travel beyond the boundaries of this world into the larger universe. The exhibit runs through April 12.

The Mandala, the Sanskrit term for “Circle”, is a spiritual and ritualistic symbol in both Hinduism and Buddhism. In Other Worldly, it is re-imagined by two of our featured artists, Amy Cheng and Paula Brett. Amy Cheng’s “Mandala” series was inspired by six months spent in Brazil in 2010 on a Fulbright Fellowship. These abstract, mandala inspired paintings metaphorically emulate the vitality of life force. Paula Brett’s series marries Candy with the Mandala to create the Candala. According to Paula, “My intention with these candalas is to arrange everyday sweets into a pattern which becomes scared, where delicious turns divine, the enticing now exquisite.”

The Spirits, are represented by artists, Connie Firestone and Elaine Galen. The shadowy figures of Connie Firestone’s Guardian series are barely visible through the veil that separates the worlds. Luminous, multi-layered, and elegantly simple at first glance, these paintings provide a glimpse into another dimension.