In 2013 I spent the summer at Ewha Woman’s University in Seoul, Korea studying Traditional East Asian painting. It was a glorious experience as I immersed myself in the Korean half of my culture for the first time in my life, with no prior understanding of the language. Perhaps most special to me was knowing that I was retracing the steps of my grandmother and grand aunt, who graduated from Ewha studying piano and art, respectively. The first few items below showcase some of what I learned from that summer.
In 2017, I set out with the New Years Resolution of making art (of any medium) once a week, and have continued creating regularly ever since. Several of the pieces below are from that project. I called it "Art For Gall" (#artforgall on instagram). From practicing qigong I learned that in Chinese medical theory, the gallbladder channel is related to boosting confidence (hence, the use of the word "gall" for bold behavior). I believe creativity takes practice, and is not limited to only those perceived to have "innate" talent. Anyone who wishes to be creative just needs to find the confidence within themselves to be so.