Elizabeth Zaikowski has created a unique collection of art. Portraying themes originating in the spiritual character of the mandala and the world of magical fantasy and illusion. Mandalas, being symbolic of the universe and its eternal character, provide the symmetry and balance one sees in much of her work. Communication, connection and participation with natures cosmic world order are inherent themes.
Elizabeth, originally from Berkeley, now lives in Southern California. Immersion in art throughout her life has helped her quest for enlightenment and creativity. As a graduate of San Diego State University, she has taught art at public schools, museums and for corporate sponsers.
"My mother is an artist and father an astrophysicist, with a very strong interest in art from childhood their influence shows in my work. I recieved my degree at San Diego State University in art. I have done many various forms of art, including illustration, ceramics, textiles, furniture, murals, sculpture, acrylic and oil painting. I enjoy working in a variety of styles imcluding fantasy, visionary, surreal and abstract . I have taught art at the San Diego Children’s Museum and in public schools as an art teacher.
Influenced by many artists and the mandalas of many cultures, mandala is the Sanskrit word for circle. In religious art, the mandala is used to symbolize wholeness - the circle of eternity. However, the pattern of a mandala -- a circle with a center -- reaches far beyond a two or three dimensional art form. The mandala is a spiritual artform found around the world, from India were the term "mandala" has it's roots, the sand mandalas of Tibetan monks, the Aztec calendar, and in the religious art of many indigenous cultures. The mandalas are a symbolic representation of the macro and the micro, what lies within and without. Mandala art has been used throughout the world as a process of self-expression, in the service of personal growth and spiritual transformation. The basic pattern of the circle with a center is found in nature and is seen in both physics and astronomy.
Each piece created is allowed to develop in an organic manner, starting from the center and working outward, using a combination of airbrush and acrylic paints. Through my art I strive to create more balance in our sometimes chaotic world. Devoting my life to art because I believe art enriches our lives and spirits. Expressing the need for balance in life, my paintings are is a reflection of the symmetrical nature of the universe." Elizabeth Zaikowski