Monica Bernie Darling
我相信我們的人性來自我們對於一些比我們大的事物的深切了解，超越文化、語言及時間。它來自藝術。這是我希望在自己的畫作中能夠捕捉的事情。我把自己沉浸在津巴布韋、英國、紐西蘭、捷克和澳門等不同的文化當中，並改變自己的生活及創作方式以作配合。澳門提供了一個前所未有的機會，讓我主動地以策劃人或者藝術家的身份，投身在創作的世界之中。我在其中一個藝術課程受到何其深的感動，致使我開設了自己的繪畫工作坊，去鼓舞我身邊的人。Art for All開始的時候是一個與朋友享受時光的有趣方式，現在它已經有一群世界各地的受眾，這是我從未想過的。自從我的工作坊於2016年9月開始舉辦後，我已經為超過50位參加者舉辦過幾十個活動，他們很多都成了常客。每個工作坊的設計都是圍繞?一個我可以根據需要而去配合的籠統概念，例如一種顏色、一個單字、一首詩，這讓我可以真正自由地表達。
Monica Mills – Personal Statement
I believe that our humanity comes from our compassionate understanding of something greater than ourselves, transcending culture, language, and time. It comes from art. This is something that I try to capture in my own paintings as I immerse myself in various cultures – of Zimbabwe, Britain, New Zealand, the Czech Republic and Macau - and adapt my lifestyle, and my creativity, accordingly.
Macau has provided an unprecedented opportunity to actively participate in the creative world, both as an event organizer and as an artist. I was so thoroughly moved by one of its art courses that I started my own painting workshops to inspire and encourage those around me. “Art for All” began as a creative way to enjoy time with friends; now it reaches an international audience I never dreamed. Since beginning my workshops in September 2016, I have held over two dozen events for more than fifty participants, many of them regulars. Each workshop is designed around an overarching concept that I can adapt according to need - a colour, a single word, a poem – which allows for true freedom of expression.
I appreciate that the scale of Macau has made it possible to form meaningful relationships with gallerists, artistic directors, makeup artists, photographers, and models, but the time is right to push further. My lack of formal artistic training has limited but by no means stopped me; everything I understand about art comes from an internal desire to create, and from the freedom to experiment with different styles on my own. I look forward to pursuing my dream that art truly is for all, over the next three years, studying at Prague College.