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Experience is not what happens to you. It is what you do with what happens to you. (Aldous Huxley)

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By Cathy

Mandy Wong

On 02, Dec 2012 | No Comments | In | By Cathy

“Life is simple, just go with the flow!” I guess this has been my “personal statement”!?

A care-free life style has been something I desired, but reality always goes with the opposite direction. I remember whenever people asked me my interests when I was young, the answer had to be drawing! Yet, as soon as I was later forced to draw ink paintings every weekend, I quit it. I felt I was just not that into black and white painting. My little world should be full of colours instead of only black and white. (So… never force your children to be someone they are not!) As time passed by, I almost forgot drawing used to be one of my favourites in my childhood. After quitting for seven years, I fell in love with art again when I was taking my first visual arts class in Year 1 of my undergraduate programme. I told my professor I’d switch my major to Art in order to pick up my passion again.

Life is surrounded by art; we all need to have art and beauty for our lives. Before studying Art, I simply focused on skills and beautiful images instead of exploring the core and deeper meaning behind the work. Stepping into the art world, I started finding the core of studying art and applying art. Each artwork carries a unique background, history, and past through the creative process; it reflects each artist’s experience. Everyone has a different taste of art, you just need to trust whatever art you make is for yourself, and it is one and only in this planet. No matter what you planned at the beginning, it will never turn out to be the way you thought originally. Just like life, art does not usually go with the plan. You just need to let accident happen – something beautiful may bloom surprisingly.

I like observing events and human behaviour; I swear it would be my full time job if such job did exist! Understanding and exploring human experience is one of the essential elements of studying Art. I just want to keep trying and experiencing different directions because you never fail until you fail to try; practice makes perfect!

There is a quote from Georgia O’Keeffe “I know now that most people are so closely concerned with themselves that they are not aware of their own individuality, I can see myself, and it has helped me to say what I want to say in paint.” Making art is like knowing yourself more and more. If you think you do not know yourself enough, come make art! Let the fun begin!