Art Lift - Jan 07 2021
Wenlu Ma, the top scorer in the Inner Mongolia Art Examination, was admitted to the Central Academy of Fine Arts as the fifth top student in her specialty in China. Now she has chosen a path of self-growth while helping others.
01. "Keep it fun. Keep it light."
Ma Wenlu's painting style and theme are very similar to her own character -- free and light, not attached to a certain established style and rule. Her art is always in a state of constant exploration, transformation, and experimentation. People can not step into the same river, and the artist Ma Wenlu is the same -- each painting has her new thinking, each creation will be a new spark.
Even in the face of bottlenecks that many artists have avoided in the past and present, she treats hardships as one treats an old friend.
"Inspiration and bottleneck are complementary, two sides of the same thing." "She concluded with great sense. If you're stuck, just go with the flow and relax. In Ma's view, there is no need to get stuck in a corner, the stream of inspiration will always continue to flow forward.
As if practicing martial arts to the realm of the supreme master general, Ma Wenlu’s favorite quote was one told to her by a mentor:
"Don't stick too closely to it. Maybe excellence will find a way to find you when you don't care about it."
Painting or life, in her view, does not need to be deliberately demanding. The sun will always rise and there is nothing too difficult to get through.
With a smile she summed up this relaxed view of life in her own words in a catchy short sentence:
"Keep it fun. Keep it light."
02. Superpowers and dream anticipation
"I have superpowers." "She said confidently.
Ma Wenlu, a young artist with bright features, is an interesting eccentric, worthy even by artist standards.
She is a true mystic, believing that the stone statues of Easter Island can speak to her, that she was Malaysian in a previous life, and many other quirky, playful things.
From the age of five or six, she "inherited" from her mother the ability to predict dreams. What happened in her dream soon mirrored reality, with great precision.
Imagine as a kid, finding out that one has this magical power. Some kids might be scared. Some kids might use the power to fulfill their little wishes.
Ma Wenlu, with her usual relaxed nature, felt that she could always predict the future and that everything happened according to what she had seen before, which was rather boring and mundane.
So, at that time she was little, she trained herself to refuse this predictive super-ability. Strangely enough, after that, she had very few prophetic dreams.
"Maybe every child has a superpower when they're young, and the more they learn, the more they lose that innate ability," she concludes, half-joking and half-philosophical, half-metaphysical.