Annalisa Ippolito

Critic and Art Historian


Meeting a mandala artist like Carla Sello is a vibrant experience, as she herself and her works are. Her mandalas don’t

need many words. They are extraordinary.

They are the expression of one who has experienced a great deal and is able to express what is

felt and what is seen through the eyes of the soul.

Her contacts with other cultures, after a period spent in Syria and Scotland, led her to develop

a meditation and movement program that is the foundation of her workshops and courses

in artistic techniques for adults and children, and her works reveal all her wealth of

knowledge and reflections.

Carla’s mandalas are realized on wood with different techniques – they seem chiseled and you can’t help touching the

surface to feel the drawing hollowed out in the material under your fingertips.

My attention is captured by the great precision of the drawing.

From geometric shapes to three-dimensional construction and abstract images, Carla fills the mandala universe with

her constant search for shapes and colors, experimenting with techniques and materials, visualizing ancestral images,

symbols and totems that express the beauty of her artistic feeling.

Carla Sello’s mandalas are examples of rare and vibrant beauty and harmony that give a feeling of peace and a warm

welcome to the viewer, inviting the person on a path leading to discover inner visions through the pictorial art.



Vortex is the title of the new exhibition of Carla Sello, which brings together works whose common denominator is the Spiral design.

The smooth, clean lines and colors characterizing the works of Carla Sello are

inspired by the observation of nature, be it a sunset or a sunrise over the sea,

or the view of the countryside.

Similarly to the Land Art experiments of Richard Long, a contemporary artist inspired

by the landscapes of the English countryside where he was born and raised, in which the geometric

dimensions of lines and circles organize a chaotic and random reality of nature, giving it a new aesthetic

and harmonic setting, so in the works of Carla Sello the matter and the colors blend in with each other

showing a reality of visions and meditations, feelings and emotions that become soft concentric lines.

The vortices wrap and unroll on their spirals, but each time with a new energy

boost that recalls the connection with the cosmic forces, with the divine that dwells

in every human being.

In the works of Carla Sello spirituality finds a match in the brilliance of the tones,

while the matter is expressed in the thick softness of generously distributed colors on the canvas.

The meeting of these two extremes gives the viewer the feeling of being sucked into the vortex of

existence, in which the past emerges and is healed by the power of the same spiral that, as claimed by

C.G. Jung, dwells in the unknown psyche but which emerges from the blurred whirlpools

ofuncosciousness, recalled by the need to find a balance in the present time.

In its eternal flow, the spiral recalls the evolution of the human race and its ability to grow and change.