When her soulmate ended her life with a gunshot, renowned African-born singer-song writer Lize Beekman’s world went silent. She has since moved on from performing on-stage to making art.
“I couldn’t listen to music, write, or sing,” admits Lize. The year her soulmate passed away, she began drawing on a piece of paper. She soon discovered that the patterns were called mandalas.
Lize published her colouring books due to a demand for it following several exhibitions and a television interview. So far, she has produced over 400 mandalas using various mediums including fine ink pens, acrylic and oil, pencils, mosaic, paper, canvas, and wood, which allowed her to heal, grow, and learn.
“For me personally, Mandalas were the life raft the universe gave me when I was lost at sea,” describes the artist. Lize doesn’t reference other Mandala designs when drawing, nor does she intend to make hers overly complex and detailed to the point that it could frustrate the person colouring it in.
There are no boundaries in colouring mandalas due to their symmetrical patterns, but it can quickly lose its therapeutic benefits, and can even add inner turmoil when colouring-in becomes a competitive sport. Those who don’t participate in this unhealthy habit gain more freedom, creativity, and a sense of calmness.
“Music did find its way back through the silence, but visual art is more present than the music,” admits Lize. At present, Mandalas play a very significant role in the African culture, reflected in beautiful and colourful beadwork.
Lize was born in Cape Town, South Africa. She received her education in Pretoria, studying Light Music for three years before moving to Melkbosstrand.