「讓上帝帶著我的手作畫,透過沙畫傳達感動。」身為基督徒的莊明達,信仰是他創作最大的力量。 莊明達對美學的想法很簡單,他喜歡創作,卻不愛模仿。 「我喜歡逆向思考、改變慣性,做美學設計的人最怕老是抄襲別人,自己不去 動腦思考,久了,就會想不出東西。」他自我摸索地說著。 一開始,他為了研究如何用雙手進行沙畫創作,直接在自家客廳的玻璃茶几上演練,用保麗龍圍住四周,把沙子倒進去練習。 「家人會唸我,我得自己負責打掃乾淨。」莊明達哈哈大笑回憶著。 為了能兩手併用作沙畫,他強迫自己鍛練左手:「一整個月,我將右手插口袋,只用左手拿東西、用左手刷牙,一直練到左手很順暢為止,甚至在畫沙時,左右兩手可同時畫出不同的線條!」
無論是特效化妝、人體彩繪或是動態沙畫,創作過程難免遭遇孤獨寂寞。 鑽研特效化妝時,莊明達老師受到許多親人的反對、冷嘲熱諷;畫人體彩繪時,因在女性身上作畫,也遭受一些負面回應;它的沙畫創作,更曾經歷大多數人無法認同的過程;在美學創作中,除了對美的啟發,他體悟到了更多人生的哲理。 從創作至今都是商業演出,莊明達老師計劃今年開始參與公益活動,如同信仰所帶給他創作的力量,他希望透過它的手傳達給大家感動之餘,還能創造更多的愛與關懷!
“I let God take my hand to paint and to convey inspiration via sand animation.” Minta is a Christian, and belief is the greatest power he relies upon when creating works. Minta has a straightforward idea about aesthetics. He is fond of creation, but does not like to imitate. “I like to think reversely and change inertia. Those who undertake aesthetic design should beware of copying others’ ideas and not thinking using their own brains. If this bad habit lasts long, they eventually will think of nothing at all,” he said introspectively. In the beginning, in order to figure out how to create sand art using his two hands, he would practice on the glass tea table in the living room of his home, and would place Styrofoam on the four sides to surround an area and pour sand in to practice. “My family would nag at me, and I had to clean it up on my own after a practice,” Minta reminisced, laughing out loud. In order to create sand art using both hands, he forced himself to exercise his left hand. “For a whole month, I thrust my right hand in my pocket and only used my left hand to carry things and brush my teeth until my left hand became smoother. Finally, even when I was painting sand, my both hands could draw different lines simultaneously.”
Whether it was special effects makeup, body painting or sand art, the process of creation more often than not came with loneliness and seclusion. While studying special effects makeup, Master Minta suffered opposition from a good number of relatives, who mocked or taunted him. When conducting body painting, because of the need to draw on a woman’s body, he also met some negative responses. His sand art work encountered strong criticism from most of the people around him as well. In the process of aesthetic creation, besides being inspired by beauty, he came to understand a lot of life philosophy. Since the beginning, Master Minta has been engaged in commercial performances, but he plans to take part in public interest activities from this year on. Just like belief gives him the power of creation, he hopes not only to convey inspiration to everyone using his hands but also to create more love and care.
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