Instagram: @mollypaperwork

1. What’s your story? Where are you from?

My name is Molly. I was born and raised in Macao. I’m a full-time worker in a company here, sometimes a part-time graphic designer and illustrator. Macao is a tiny place. It was colonized by Portugal when I was in primary school, but it has returned to China.

I majored in product design at university. Actually, I started illustrating in high school. For me, it was an extraordinary and fun period of time. I wasn’t fond of school then. Instead, I preferred doodling with online friends at home. After receiving a digital picture as a gift from a friend I had never met, I became obsessed with painting. 

我叫Molly, 在澳門出生和成長, 現在也在這個地方工作和生活著。澳門是一個很小很小的地方, 在我小學時還是葡萄牙的殖民地, 現在已經回歸中國了。

大學專修的是產品設計, 但插畫是從高中就開始了, 那時候不愛上學, 每天就窩在家裡和網上認識的畫友塗鴉聊天, 後來從素未謀面的畫友那裡收到一張電子繪圖版禮物, 就開始沈迷於繪畫了。對我來說, 那段時間是一段很不可思議和有趣的人生經歷。現在在公司上班, 平時會兼任平面設計和插畫的工作。

2. Tell us about your aesthetic.

I like pastel colors. I’m seeking a balance between childish taste and delicacy. 

喜歡輕柔溫和的顏色, 努力在稚拙的趣味和精緻感之間取得平衡。

3. What is your favourite medium and why?

Most of the time, I paint digitally. It’s highly revisable, which is convenient when your ideas frequently change. Sometimes, I also draft with acrylic and collages and then finish with the computer. After all, the texture is unique and irreplaceable. 

平時喜歡及多用電繪, 繪畫途中想法經常會有改變, 這時候修改就會很方便。但有時還是會用壓克力和拼貼等先畫初稿再放進電腦完成, 那種質感還是很有趣和無可取代的。

4. What is your artistic process like?

I can’t sketch at places like café because it would be difficult for me to calm down and concentrate. I like working in a quiet environment. For example, I would think about the composition and colorways of pictures before bedtime -the most relaxing and inspiring time of the day. The next morning, I put my thoughts into drawings for later reference.

對我來說, 沒辦法在咖啡店之類的地方繪畫草圖, 會無法集中和沉靜下來。我喜歡在安靜的地方工作, 平時睡覺前會思考接下來的工作的構圖配色和要完成的畫面, 睡前的狀態是最能放鬆的和有靈感。第二天早上就把它畫下紀錄下來作為之後的參考素材。

5. Who and/or what inspires your work? 

There are a lot of fantastic works that have touched me and reminded me how beautiful life is. 

有很多畫家的好作品都會令我很感動, 看到這些充滿靈氣的作品時會感嘆生活的美好。

6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?

Nothing compares to the sense of accomplishment when I have finished work. I pay extra attention to details and keep in mind nice colorways and composition, hoping they could be applied in my works. 

作品完成的滿足感是其他興趣無法取代的, 平時會把好看的配色和構圖記住, 希望可以運用在作品上, 也會更留心感受周圍的小細節。

7. Where did you study?

I studied product design at Macao University of Science and Technology. I taught myself how to paint mainly through resources and communication online.

澳門科技大學產品設計系畢業, 繪畫技巧多來自自學和網上交流學習。

8. Where do you see yourself in five years?

First, I want to be more skilled in painting and interpersonal communication. Second, I want to accomplish a series of mature works or publish a book. 

希望在技巧方面和待人方面更成熟, 可以完成一系列成熟的作品或出版一本書。

9. What about in ten?

I hope I can take charge by then and spend more time on my interests.


10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?

I will be satisfied as long as the viewers find my works aesthetic and interesting.


11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favourite food?

I’m a big fan of spicy food. Anything spicy is fine with me.  

最喜歡吃辣, 只要是辣什麼都喜歡, 哈哈。

12. Favourite book?

I read collections of proses with drawings. I seldom read novels. There are a lot of favorites, the most recent is, Animo: The Short Elegy and Donmak: Once upon a Hong Kong

很少看小說類, 看散文畫集類比較多。有很多喜歡的, 最近的是阿尼默的《小輓》和麥東記的《香港定格》

13. Favourite genre of music? 

All kinds of music. But I prefer OSTs. 

什麼都會聽, 平時多聽各種原聲集。

14. What are your hobbies? 

Walking; trolling in supermarkets, parks or on beaches; playing with cats.

散步,逛超市逛公園逛海邊, 和貓玩。

15. If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?

I would probably choose aesthetic work again.