BONNIE FAULKNER AND CAROLANN TEBBETTS
As a girl, Bonnie Faulkner recalls endlessly drawing circles — “circles and circles and circles,” as she emphasized — and, inspired by the way light played with colored glass, she hit upon the novel idea that she could “paint” with that fragile material.
Eventually, she literally fused those two ideas into colorful, intricate glass renditions of the mandala, a circular symbol that represents both the cosmos and the self.
“It’s analogous to life,” the Heartwood College of Art MFA candidate explained recently between sips of tea in her Yarmouth studio overlooking an expanse of ocean mudflats. “If the inside is worked out, things emanate out from there.”
The lifelong Maine resident will further explore the spiritual and psychological symbol in an exhibit, “Masters in the Studio,” opening January 30 at Heartwood’s gallery at the North Dam Mill in Biddeford. The show, which will run through the end of March, will feature the final theses of Heartwood’s first round of low-residency MFA candidates, who have each been studying their craft through the program for five years.