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劉妙霞

自序

自2002年1月舉辦首個「一花一世界」的個人書畫展後,頓覺有點兒失落,亦覺有太多不足之處。熱愛藝術的我,又是否就此畫上句號。而藝術境界是無窮無盡,無邊際的,然而怎樣去達到理想呢?想了很久,終於找到的答案是要充實自己。
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十分幸運地,在家人的支持下,終於找到一個極振奮的機會,就是在2003年可以到英國進修我心儀的美術與設計文憑課程。年紀不小的我,可以從返校園,就激動和興奮得像少年般天真和好奇。上學了,無拘無束地拿著畫具追趕搭火車的感覺,真的回覆到青春少年時呢。
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全日制的課程一點也不馬乎,比我想像來得認真和緊湊。初時,以為考的是本校的畢業試,後來才知道考的是倫敦大學的Edexcel公開試,於是手忙腳亂,惟有不斷到圖書館找資料,到藝術館、展覽廳、博物館去觀摩、去了解西方的近代、現代、後現代藝術是什麼。除了在中學時期對西方藝術有些小認識外,之後一直接觸傳統中國繪畫的我,並不是要擺脫舊的程式和技法,然而在學習過程中,得到新的體會和感受。其間在苦樂參半、在加倍努力下,終於以一年時間完成兩年課程,幸甚得到優良成績。

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東、西方藝術,在用具、材料上有很大差別,然而表達和演繹都是憑個人的修養、才情和思想、再加上技巧上的運用,便得到個人的風格。

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今日,在這個新起點的畫展,希望揉合中西物料和技巧,作一個新的嘗試和推演。

Preface

Since the completion of my first individual painting exhibition “One Flower One World” in January 2002, I have been feeling a bit lost and lacking. As an art lover, I have been thinking whether I should put an end to my artistic career. However, I reckon there is no limit to the artistic world and I have been thinking how best to attain my goal. After much pondering, I found the answer – I got to better equip myself.

Fortunately, with the support of my family, I have seized an exciting opportunity to undertake further studies in Art & Design in the United Kingdom. As a middle-aged mother, I was thrilled by the opportunity to return to the campus and was as naive and inquisitive as a teenage. I went back to school and felt like returning to my teenage when I was carrying the painting tools to catch a train.

The full-time Art & Design course was not easy and it was more serious and intensive than what I expected. I thought I was taking the graduation exams of the school but later, I found that it was the Edexcel public exam administered by the London University. I was then in a hurry-scurry and had to look for information in the libraries and visit various galleries, exhibition halls and museums to understand better the contemporary, modern and post-modern nature of western art. I have always been engaging in traditional Chinese paintings except for a limited exposure to western art during my high school era. During my studies in the UK, I have been gaining new experiences and feelings for the western art but I have been determined to retain the traditional Chinese painting formula and skills. With bittersweet experiences and extra efforts, I finally completed the two-year course with flying colours within one year.

There are huge differences in the use of tools and materials between eastern and western arts. However, how to express and interpret oneself all depends on the training, talents and thinking of the artist. The individual style of an artist will be developed when the foregoing are combined with the use of appropriate skills.

Today, I wish to make a novel attempt by integrating the Chinese and western artistic materials and skills in this exhibition which I have organized with pleasure from a new starting point.