No one wants to become like the others, yet we often find ourselves having too many “souls” or stuck in so many familiar situations. Wai Man Chan, Macau Artist, reveals herself to others with a series of self-portraits that show that human emotion is so direct, genius and pure.
Wai Man loves painting since she was young. However, becoming an artist sounded impossible to her because she wasn't born in a wealthy family. She went to Taiwan to learn interior design, thinking it was similar to painting, so that she could do something that she always loves. Later on, she discovered that designing and painting were completely different. She understood that design was more about commercial products, which was needed to create products for customers and also about putting herself into the customer’s shoes to design. Painting, on the contrary, is simply reflecting the painter’s emotion and attitude. Then she came back to Macau and studied a real major. Because she loves traveling, she began her journey in hotel management in the Tourism Department. Luckily, she got an internship opportunity in Greece and travelled around Europe for a while. Wan Man believed it wouldn't be harmful to her to learn more and absorb some artistic knowledge in Europe, something she couldn't find it in Macau. Gradually, she met lots of people, and just like that she found more possibilities for herself.
"I Am My Own View" is Wan Man Chan's second gallery exhibition, which fully interpreted her emotion and status. When she was living and studying in New York, in July, she observed herself, recognized herself and understood herself more. As she mentioned, everybody experiences different stages in life, going though different situations, changing people's values. Somehow she thought that it wasn’t a healthy status, but in the end she recognized that everyone had the same, although living different situations. Therefore she would rather paint it as a record than try to hide her true self.