Artist Statement

Ma Udaysree explains her abstract art.
My Abstract Minimalist Art is a Symbolic Representation of Oneness. Meditate it. Realize it. Radiate it.

I attempt to share with you, the viewer, zen-simple to the point consciousness-raising paintings and the grace that I received in creating this kind of art.

Reminiscent of SH Raza and Mark Rothko

My modern day paintings are reminiscent of SH Raza and Mark Rothko. Raza in his later years and upon his return to India became a master at creating bindu paintings whereas Rothko engaged in creating paintings with color fields.  

The round bindu dot as seen in the sacred Sri Yantra itself symbolizes Infinity and contains the DNA of the cosmos. It is a symbol of source, purnatva or absolute fullness and completeness. It is achala, the unmoving (and unknown) core of our being, the Self, pure consciousness.

The color fields symbolize the colorful world of duality, the maya matrix, the mind, that which distracts us from the Self and creates depression, negativity, and powerlessness in us.

Consciousness-Raising Paintings

The sacred geometrical nature of my paintings is straightforward, to the point, zen-like minimalistic in design with vibrant and bold colors. They invoke simplicity, focus, clarity, powerfulness, sacredness, and expanded awareness. They connect you with your Self.

Transformation with the Bindu

My paintings are intended to help you come out of negative and conditioned states of mind. Meditating on the bindu helps dissolve these restrictions and sufferings, and potentially frees you of your painful past.

Meditation processes expand and raise your consciousness, bring you into a higher frequency to create your reality. Beyond this purification nothing remains but complete fulfillment and eternal bliss, your original nature.

Read ‘The Incredible Healing Value of Bindu Paintings’ for an expanded understanding of the black bindu and the potential of healing.

Minimalism in Art

In the West, the Minimalism movement came into being in the 1960’s and 1970’s. It is derived from Abstract Expressionism and shows geometric paintings in which texture and esthetics play a role.

Envision a painted landscape with a mountain, trees, and a lake. Your mind recognizes the mountain, trees, and a lake – and a moment later starts comparing with something similar you have seen or you may start criticizing the blue of the lake, the trees being too short or too tall, the mountains just not right. The mind is very active and in its element.

Now let’s envision a black square on a canvas. For a brief second or two you will be stunned and fall into the present moment, become meditative. You may enjoy this moment and keep looking at the black square in amazement watching what comes up in your inner space, some feelings, some questions, or memories perhaps. This is the wonderment of minimalism in art. An abstract painting and that even a minimalistic one speaks to you in your inner world whereas the landscape only touches your outer world. It may be masterfully done and be a beautiful piece of art most of us enjoy, nothing wrong with it, but minimalistic art shows the essence, goes to your core, and may bring up what covers your being, your inner light, if you let it.

Minimalism in the East

Besides Bindu art of the East we have the Zen circle, another masterpiece of pure essence. Zen meditation is facing a blank wall and meditating on nothingness according to Zen. Many other pieces of the Japanese culture like a Zen garden for example touch minimalism and Ikebana, floral arrangements, touch on esthetics. Looking at Yoga, Aparigraha is the principle of living with minimal things.

Minimalism is…

…painting the essence, esthetics, living with minimal things, and bringing out what covers your light.

*Banner Image: Barnett Newman – Yellow Painting