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An artist among us
2020.08.20

The great thing about living in a shared house is diversity. There are various races, cultures, backgrounds, occupations, personalities and interests. In a perfect world, we would all get along regardless of differences. While that might not be achievable, what is possible is basic manners. So for the sake of peace, community and general positive wellbeing we should engage in the general greetings - hello, good morning etc - and if we feel a little more adventurous we can try to strike up a little chat if the chemistry is good.

For a while I thought that most of the people living in the share house were either English teachers or IT professionals. That is because I had not taken the opportunity to socialise with those who were living in the same building; I often avoided social parties because I felt awkward and out of place because I did not really know anyone. It was a vicious cycle. I decided to rectify that and spend more time in the lounge because I am usually a friendly person and once I can manage to have a conversation with someone the ice gets broken and I can relax. Even if I just say hello and ask their name, social situations feel a whole lot better.

One of the most interesting people I have met so far was an artist who had a very unique perspective about life and living. His work was on his own time, at his own pace and there was a calm, laid back feeling about his approach. He never worried about schedules ; he would just leave whenever he was ready and show up when he showed up. He could enjoy a cup of tea and bask in the early morning sun without having to scramble about to get on to the next thing on his to-do list.

He held an exhibition in Tokyo a few months before he left the sharehouse and invited house mates to view it. It was a collection of his own creations as well as pieces that he had borrowed from other artists. He was a very talented fellow and based on what he had displayed at the show, he dabbles in everything it seems. He showed us a book he had written and that had been published. There was a reverse sketch of a horse that he had stencilled out and then brought to life by using acid around the drawing. Odds and ends that he had collected over the years that he thought was interesting. Handcrafted pieces of art also adorned the walls. It was a nice day and a great way to get to know my house mate better. He appreciated the support and I appreciated the free exhibition!

Get to know your neighbours folks!

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Date posted :
2020.08.20
Poster :
Hair Monster

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