Catalyst Cambridge: Work in Progress - paintings by Vandika
Vandika is a painter, living and working in Somerset, who was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order in 2006.
Initially trained in fashion design at the Royal College of Art, she worked as a designer and colourist in the fashion industry for over two decades before leaving to explore her painting practice more fully. Her work has been exhibited in various group shows and is held in several private collections.
Her paintings are constructed from multiple layers of oil and acrylic paint as well as, at times, print and mixed media. They often originate from one of the many drawings or photographs she makes when travelling or in public spaces. Her images seek to communicate both a given moment and its inherent transience and insubstantiality - the Three Lakshanas are a key touchstone.
The protagonists, whether recognisable or fleetingly and anonymously depicted, share everyday human experiences with the viewer that enable the possibility of connection and empathy. She increasingly sees this process of image making as a natural extension of metta bhavana practice.
In addition to making paintings, Vandika co-leads retreats and workshops exploring the relationship between Buddhism and the visual arts. Details of these as well as more of her paintings can be found on her website www.vandika.co.uk.
You can meet the artist on Saturday 14th March. More HERE.