Mario Tauchi invites you to join a transcendental trip through the deepest parts of the artist's brain with his incredible Mario-mandalas, 108 free-floating cosmic forms in white space, that the reader brings the final dimension to by colouring them in.
Psychiatrist Carl Jung saw the mandala as 'a representation of the unconscious self' and believed his paintings of mandalas enabled him to identify emotional states and disorders and work towards wholeness in personality. For Jung, this identification of the id, and its transience, was a fundamental tool in his understanding of personality.
Dynamically, this volume of Mario-mandalas goes beyond a passive recognition of the intricate mandala designs, leading readers to develop their own interpretation of their personality and contribute towards the entity of the mandala form. Once a mandala has been coloured in it can be detached from the book, as each becomes a unique work of art that has been created in their own design; the final mandala is thus a creation of personal interaction with the artist, and a wider connection with the universal language of colour and shape through the unconscious.
This book can appeal to nearly anyone with an interest in art either as a technique or as a finished work, and to adults and children alike, as the mandalas return generous rewards, regardless of technical ability.
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