â€œMost mandalas have an intuitive, irrational character and, through their symbolical content, exert a retroactive influence on the unconscious. They therefore possess a â€œmagicalâ€ significance, like icons, whose possible efficacy was never consciously felt by the patient.â€ â€“Carl Jung
The Whistling Dixie series from 2015 looks at the shadow aspect of universal emblems, such as the Mandala. Â InÂ standard paperÂ targets the circular and quaternary aspects of symbolic wholeness become mundane exercises in improving one’sÂ aim withÂ firearms. These mixed mediaÂ targets explicitly explore racist remarks I experienced directly, both as the receiver of hate speech, and as a fly on the wall. The inherentÂ violence of the actual bullet holes in each target is echoed by the words emblazoned across these shadow archetypes.