Posts Tagged ‘art’

I feel like I am living in a dream.

From last night, I have been wandering beyond.

Still wondering where I am.

Whether or not this is a good dream, I cannot tell.

We had a conversation where we said all that needed to be said.

So real that I woke up and wondered how I was sleeping the whole time.

You were not there- confusing me.

Throughout the day, I continued to float on the cloud you put me on.

Sunset time, I looked out the window and found myself surrounded by fluff.

Big, puffy cotton balls were glowing in a sea of pinks and purples.

Again, I wondered if this was real.

It felt like I was floating off to some magical place.

I almost expected unicorns to appear.

The sea of pink and purple eventually turned into a deep, sparkling blue.

Shades of blue swirled around me.

Today was beautiful, so dream-like.

The dream started when you unexpectedly appeared in my sleep last night.

Can this dream never end?

Drowsiness is hitting me, snapping me back to reality.

Perhaps I will have a déjà vu of today some time in the near future.

May I have more sweet dreams tonight,

And tomorrow night,


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Death of Marat by David

Art is a fascinating thing.  I always thought I understood art… Mona Lisa, Girl with a Pearl Earring, School of Athens, David- all of the popular pieces of art.  But the thing is, I never really understood art.  In fact, after taking an Art History class this year, I’ve realized that art isn’t just da Vinci and Michelangelo.  The “greats” that I knew about were only from the Renaissance period.

But this year… I’m so glad that I took Art History.  It’s my final year of high school and I think choosing to take Art History was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.  The class has opened my mind to so many new ideas, concepts, artists, etc.  Art isn’t just art, it’s about each and every person.

With that said, out of the hundreds of pieces that I’ve seen this year, many of them struck a chord with me.  Each piece was different and evoked different emotions.  Others, on the other hand, had no effect on me.  I could probably recognize all of the artwork that I viewed this year.  Could I tell you the title, artist, and time period of all of the pieces?  Probably not.  But there is one that has stuck with me.

Death of Marat by David.

Specifically, this piece has embedded itself in my memory because of the beauty of it.  A day cannot pass without this image popping into my head.  I also vaguely remember the story behind the piece.  It goes something like this:

There was a French man named Marat who became active in the political field around the French Revolution time.  He had a skin disease where the sores and lesions on his skin caused him pain.  So, he spent most of his time in sewers and bathtubs where he soaked himself in medicinal baths.  One day, he was in a bathtub when a woman visited him.  She claimed that she had something important to discuss with Marat (she wanted to hold an interview or something?).  As she left, Marat’s dear friend, David, walked in and saw Marat in a tub full of blood with a knife sticking out of his chest.  The woman had apparently stabbed Marat.  Later on, the woman said, “I killed one man to save 100,000.”  The painting is based on the image of Marat that David saw when he first walked in.

As morbid as the story behind the painting is, it’s beautiful.  Marat’s death is so beautiful and yet so sad.  David captures his death so well on canvas.  Every time I look at the painting, I feel like crying because I can sense Marat’s pain.  In an odd way, that’s what makes it beautiful.  There is a word for things that are horrifying but beautiful at the same time… but I cannot find that word on my tongue.

For me, this is one of the paintings that will never leave me.  It has made its mark on my mind, my heart, and my soul.

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We were at the Mizy Centre in Seoul… Our task was to design converses for the Shoes of Hope program.  Our shoes would then be donated to children in countries where shoes are not a luxury.  My group was placed in a small room… There were probably around twenty of us scattered on the floor, each with a pair of blank white converses.  In front of every two or three people, a pack of markers lay on the ground.  I sat on the window side of the room with two of my friends, Linh and Shoshana.  As we started to color in our shoes, two Korean girls joined us- Dongyoon and Lunar.  Their English was pretty good, so communicating was not an issue.  We shared markers, laughter, conversation, and designs.  I think we also learned some new things about one another.  When I wrote “La vita è bella” on my shoes, Dongyoon said, “Oh, that means ‘Life is beautiful’ right”?  That was when I found out that she took Spanish in school.  Then, we all had a little chat about languages.  Linh asked Dongyoon and Lunar to write out “saranghae” in hangul so that she could write it on her shoes.  When it was time to go, Dongyoon took down our email and facebook information so that we could become friends.

The hour went by very quickly… but it was a good hour.  It was nice.  On the bus ride back, I could not help but smile.  That was the first time I accomplished so much in one hour- made friends, did charity work, created art, laughed, talked, took pictures.

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Day 4:

As usual, there was early breakfast.  It was okay though since I got up early anyway.  First up after breakfast at Cafe Khini was a lecture known as Survival Korean Language.  This was the second survival korean class… I must say, the class did not help with my survival korean at all… The class led me no where… I was still as foreign as an alien on Earth.  Plus, the lady teaching us made me very nervous…  She tended to randomly ask people to say what we learned on a mic in front of everyone.  Oof… speaking that she didn’t do a very good job teaching, it was quite a scary experience.  Whenever she wandered close to my seat with the mic, I would literally start to panic!  aiiiishhhh…..thank goodness she never asked me… woo~ on top of all that, the camera man would stick the cam in front of our faces and film our horrified faces!  😐

When lecture was over, we had about half an hour before lunch.  A couple of people and I hopped into the 7th floor lounge to watch some T.V.  lol we switched to a show that was the exact Korean version of the Chinese show “Let’s Date!” haha~ and the host of the show was Dong Yup, the guy who hosted Explorers of the Human Body.  I was like, “say what?”  haha~

Anyways, at around 1:00 PM, we left for our visit to Samsung D’light.  Totally hoping for a gift bag or something from Samsung, but that never happened.  Instead, we had about an hour or so to look around Samsung.  I’ll be honest, the trip was pretty boring~ It was basically a building with a whole bunch of Samsung products… the typical phones, cameras, TV’s, etc.  My friends and I took a couple of shots that showed up on the huge screen… and the pics were supposed to email to me… but they never sent!  aiiiiyaaa they were cute pics too! haha~  But we were told that Korean companies like Samsung were conglomerates, meaning that they make everything!  ahha this was really funny because all my life, I’ve known Samsung for electronics.  But I found out that Samsung also makes clothing, toothpaste, etc.  Really?  lol “I brush my teeth with Samsung toothpaste.” or “I’m wearing a Samsung shirt.” Weird.

After Samsung, the last activity at night was Taekwondo.  Oh boy… where do I begin… despite the fact that it was evening, the humidity still stuck!  and we had to walk all the way to the Yonsei gym where Taekwondo class was to be held.  After the long trek, I expected an air conditioned gym.  WRONG.  The gym was 10 degrees hotter than outside!  *gulp* and so Taekwondo class didn’t even begin and I was drenched in sweat.  Overall the class was not as great as I had expected.  I didn’t even have enough power in my “HUH’s”… and I was all sweaty and the camera man stuck the camera in my face… aiii….. never doing Taekwondo ever again!~

Day 5:

The morning passed by fairly slow.  But I did find the lecture on Korea-U.S. Relationship quite interesting.  In my school, at least, Korea has never really received the attention it deserves.  So, I learned quite a bit about Korea in relation to the U.S.  I mean, I never realized how important the relationship between the two countries are.  And I’m not going to spoil all that I have to say here because I want to save some stuff to discuss in my ASU club this year ;D  haha~ Any who, the highlights of day 5 were the Mizy Center visit and NANTA.  I’ll begin with Mizy… so the Youth Network that I was a part of had to decorate “shoes of hope” that were to be donated to kids in developing countries.  In other words, we were coloring shoes that were going to be donated to poor kids who could not afford to buy shoes.

This event was actually really enjoyable!  During the coloring session, I met 2 Korean girls who were extremely nice and funny.  They decorated shoes with us while we all got to know each other.  A downside to this event was the time limit.  We had an hour to decorate a pair of converse high tops.  Oiii… the outsides of my shoes were really colored in and stuff but the insides were not as decorated as I would have liked them to be.  I didn’t even get to decorate the laces!  😦  Well, anyway, my messages of hope were “La vita e bella!” and “You are a superstar!” Pictures of it will be put up later on my blog… that is, when I’m finished blogging about my trip…

Between Mizy and NANTA, I hopped around the Sinchon area for a bit… Just a bunch of shopping stores on the streets.  Still not very comfortable, I did not wander too far….

Finally, the NANTA show!  weee~ I was very upset that I was too tired and ended up falling asleep for the first half of the show!  NANTA is supposed to be really good, and really popular for its funniness!  … and I missed half of it because I was super uber sleepy… T_T  But the second half of it did make me laugh a lot! lol it was a good show and I am very regretful that I did not get to watch it in full when I had the opportunity…  Hopefully, I will go back one day and watch it again… and I’ll sleep and rest the day before I go! haha~

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