Exhibition

The Whole World Is a Garden by Mónica Chang

January 14 - April 30, 2023

Exhibitions are free with General Admission.

The Whole World Is a Garden by Monica Chang explores a simplistic idea which could easily be overlooked in countless occasions: becoming one with nature and the surrounding environment is essential in order to enjoy life at its fullest.

Chang takes inspiration from Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, an Indian humanitarian and spiritual leader, frequently referred to as “Sri Sri” (sh-ree sh-ree), who founded the Art of Living Foundation in 1981, a volunteer-based NGO (non-governmental organization) that provides social support to the people. It is an understated, yet well-recognized, belief that happiness in life cannot be achieved by fulfilling it with materialistic things, but by surrounding oneself with nature and people. She quotes Sri Sri by commenting, “The day you realize that the whole world is your house –the sky your roof, the earth your floor, and that each tree is part of your garden— then, you will truly be at home.” Such words were the foundation for The Whole World Is a Garden.

Composed of nearly 40 picturesque paintings, this exhibition is prepared to awaken or make a significant connection with its viewers in their raw experience; denoting peace and liveliness. Chang’s soft but colorful strokes depict sceneries with a wide range of flowers and other elements of nature such as colorful sunny or night skies, ponds, hummingbirds and butterflies. The paintings come together to make her memories, feelings, and dreams become history through art.

Chang’s paintings emulate her imagination in an artist fashion that seduces and challenges the viewer. The integrated feminine figures in these floral mosaics may remind the viewer of Austrian Symbolist painter Gustav Klimt’s work during his golden age, and the free-spirited will of French Post-Impressionistic painter Henri Rousseau’s work. This is translated in compositions that defy traditional scales and, in with an enthusiastic use of color, also attempt to exceed the margins of the cloth.

Exhibit statement provided by artist Monica Chang


The Whole World Is a Garden (El Mundo Entero es un Jardín) por Mónica Chang, explora una idea simplista, que puede ser fácilmente pasada por alto en ocasiones innumerables: ser uno con la naturaleza y todo lo que nos rodea es lo esencial para disfrutar la vida al máximo.

Ella es inspirada por Sri Sri Ravi Shankar – indio humanitario y líder spiritual frecuentemente conocido como “Sri Sri” (sh-ri sh-ri) que fundó la organización humanitaria El Arte de Vivir, en 1981, una ONG (Organización No Guvernamental) comprometida en la gestión del estrés e iniciativas de servicio. – La felicidad no puede alcanzarse tratando de llenarse con bienes materiales, sino al rodearse de naturaleza y gente. Esto es un hecho muy conocido pero lamentablemente no se le da la suficiente importancia. Chang hace referencia a Sri Sri diciendo que “El día que te das cuenta que el mundo entero es tu hogar –el cielo tu techo, la tierra tu piso y que todo árbol es parte de tu jardín,– será cuando realmente te sentirás en casa.” Tales palabras fueron los “cimientos” para la exposición The Whole World Is a Garden.

Compuesta de alrededor de 40 pintorescas ilustraciones, esta exposición está preparada para despertar o crear una conexión importante con sus espectadores al conllevar esta nueva experiencia, denotando paz y vividez mientras que las pinceladas suaves pero coloridas de la artista, retratan paisajes con una gran variedad de flores y otros elementos de la naturaleza como cielos muy soleados, cielos estrellados, estanques, colibríes y mariposas. Las pinturas se “reúnen” para convertir sus recuerdos, sentimientos y sueños en historia a través del arte.

Sus cuadros parecieran emular el colorido de sus quimeras artísticas, que la seducen y la retan. Así en sus lienzos encontramos a la figura femenina integrada en mosaicos florales, que nos remontan al Gustav Klimt (pintor symbolista austríaco) más espléndido de su etapa dorada. También hay una irreverencia antiacadémica en su obra, que es propia del espíritu libre y seguro de Henri Rousseau (pintor post-impresionista francés.). Esto último se traduce en composiciones que desafían las escalas tradicionales y en una exuberancia cromática que intenta rebasar los márgenes de la tela.

Declaración de exhibición proporcionada por la artista Mónica Chang


The Whole World is a Garden Preview Reception
Thursday, January 12, 2023, 5:00-7:00 PM

Join us for a preview reception and view this exhibit before it opens to the public! This event is free for Members with pre-registration encouraged. Free admission to this after-hours event is a perk of membership and allows IMAS supporters to get a first look at the Museum’s newest fine art exhibitions. There will be light refreshments available.

This event is free to all IMAS Members. Additional non-member guests may attend for a $10 admission fee. Members, please present your Membership card for entry.

RSVP recommended but not required.


About The Artist/ Biografia del Artista

Mónica Chang was born in Tapachula, Chiapas in 1995. From early childhood she found her greatest fascination in drawing and painting. When her family recognized that her interest in art was growing, they provided her the necessary elements to give her first steps in the art world. So at 6 years old, she began to paint with acrylics, watercolors and pastel chalks. Then she was introduced to oil technique and produced her first paintings. Through time she was able to refine her technique in terms of detail, precision and depth of the scene.

She has a degree in Architecture and a Master’s degree in Modern and Contemporary Art from the Cultural Center Casa Lamm and is part of the Artists of this Institution. This provided her with a wide range of technical and stylistic skills, as well as a greater understanding of the art scene.

With fifteen solo art exhibitions, she has gained great experience in diverse artistic trends.

Stylistically, her art is a blend of non-academic, casual, naivety. Overall, she develops a kind of pop art, with influences and mixtures of post-impressionist trends, abstractionism and art nouveau. There’s elegance with her artwork, as well as sensuality and diaphanousness.

In Chang’s paintings there’s a main character, the woman, girls and women in idyllic spaces, where nature, imagination and utopia dominates.

The artist portraits the feminine figure to express feelings and emotions. Each artwork represents dreams, desires, wishes, longings, concerns, secrets, optimism, love, happiness and feminine identity, in projection of her personality.

Her paintings are a window to an imaginary universe, where reality and fantasy beautifully blend.

This young artist wants her artwork to hold an immediate and intimate contact with all spectators, producing thereby the benefit of perception and contemplation.


Mónica Chang nació en Tapachula, Chiapas el 22 de Febrero de 1995, desde su tierna infancia encontró en el dibujo y la pintura su gran fascinación. Al reconocer su familia que su interés por el arte era cada vez mayor, no tardaron en proporcionarle los elementos necesarios para sus primeros pasos dentro del mundo de la pintura, así que a los 6 años comienza a pintar con acrílicos, acuarelas y gis pastel, posteriormente incursiona con la técnica de óleo y así produce sus primeras pinturas, hasta llegar a afinar la técnica en cuanto al detalle, la precisión y la profundidad de la escena.

Estudió Arquitectura y una Maestría en Arte Moderno y Contemporáneo en el Centro Cultural Casa Lamm, y es parte de sus Artistas Creadores de esta institución, lo que le ha proporcionado una amplia gama de conocimientos técnico estilístico y mayor compresión del panorama artístico.

Con 15 exposiciones individuales en su trayectoria ha experimentado en diversas corrientes artísticas.

Estilísticamente tiene a un tipo de pintura no académica, desenfadada, incluso naif, desarrolla en general una especie de arte pop, con influencias y mezclas de corrientes post impresionistas, abstraccionistas y art nouveau. Hay elegancia y a la vez ingenuidad, sensualidad y diafanidad.

En las obras de Chang hay una clara protagonista, la mujer, niñas y mujeres en espacios idílicos, donde domina la naturaleza, la imaginación y la utopía.

La artista retrata a la figura femenina para expresar sentimientos y emociones, cada una de ellas representa sueños, deseos, anhelos, inquietudes, secretos, deseos de vivir, amor, felicidad e identidad femenina, en proyección con su personalidad.

Sus pinturas son una ventana a un universo imaginario, donde la realidad y la fantasía se difuminan.

Esta joven artista desea lograr que sus obras mantengan contacto inmediato e íntimo con el público, produciendo así el beneficio de la percepción y contemplación.

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