Humanity has strived to its utmost to compete against the hands of time, in its effort to contend with nature, as though using all of its might could change the course of natural conditions. Just as fluidly, man's interpersonal relationships, despite the appearance of stability, can also disintegrate in the wink of an eye. Tai has paired ice sculptures with everyday objects to interpret these unpredictable states, attempting to bring out the anxiety over the fragility of relationships, a fragility that is seeks to be preserved. As the ice sculpture dissolves, the objects sporadically produce changes, guide the viewer to a preset state of mind. Their expectations enable them to stay in a mental space that expects the sculpture to behave in a particular way as it melts, without accounting for a different possibility. In reality, time exists only in the present and cannot be anticipated.
Extendibility in time – Interactive dialogue between group sculptures and viewers through present and absent space
The nature of sculptures is that they are still and silent in a moving world. They are a material form in a real environment, a scene unfolding as the viewer walks around it. Monica’ sculptural works can be categorically separated into two forms – one being group sculptures, the other being the application of materials as new explorations – both of which are expressions of her journey of discovery. Monica uses three-dimensional media to express her mental processes. Her creative style is to relinquish traditional forms of sculptures and bravely use new perspectives and methods to explore new heights for contemporary art, thus breaking through conformity.
While Monica’s inspiration finds its roots in contemporary thinking, it revolves around micro shifts in human relationships and the understanding of the cognitive dissonance between our actions versus our intentions. It then progresses to the analysis of individual identity and the realization of our own self image, in contrast to that of others. Through the mobility of the viewer and the extension of time as he/she moves throughout the exhibition space, the viewer is able to explore his/her meaning of existence.
A graduate of Chelsea College of Art, University of the Arts London, Monica received her sculpture degree in 2005. She embraces quite a diverse range of media (sculptural construction, installation and painting) and strives for her own identity both in cultural area and her personal life. Sometimes Monica’s works show pain and a certain degree of loneliness, often counterbalanced by wit and irony. She likes to explore new materials from nature and cultural resources, which open up new horizons for visions and experience in the contemporary sculpture. She set up MOYT Fine Art International in 2007 where the emphasis on innovative contemporary art exclusively showcases sculpture, photography and painting by both Chinese and British artists. She is also a board of director of The Photocrafters. In 2012, a large outdoor sculpture Dream Pillows was awarded to participate at the Hong Kong International Sculpture Symposium. In 2014, Monica held two solo exhibitions in Hong Kong, sponsored by SWIRE Properties and MOYT Fine Art International respectively.
Monica has been working on many commissioned projects for private collectors and properties. She has showcased her artwork in many cities of the UK, Germany, China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Her works are featured in Hong Kong Eye publication in 2013. Monica currently lives and works in Hong Kong.