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Far Stars

“There is not just one reality. There is only one’s own perspective, which can be very different depending on who you are…a compromise among many ways of seeing. Hence, realistic drawing is more like the smallest common denominator than any actual reality”

(Scheinberger, F. Dare to sketch: A guide to drawing on the go)

Another collage poem made in response to the brief at Singapore Unbound. Like this one, it’s using found text from secondhand books and surrealist methods to see if colonial-age narratives can be re-made in a different way.

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Guess the word

What part of confidante has that poor _______ played ever since the kindly plant was introduced among us! Why myriads of women have cried over it to be sure! What sickbeds has it smoked by! What fevered lips have received refreshment from it!

(William Thackeray, 1811-63)

Groups the fancy may conjure up: June 2020

Answer: teapot

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The art of being obscure

Rod Judkins writes:

“If you feel overlooked, that no one is interested in what you’re doing, enjoy the moment. Obscurity is a creative place: you are free to experiment and fail…success bring the weight of expectations, and pressure that can do far more harm than good.”

(pp.113-114, The Art of Creative Thinking)

A wise thought. It feels similar to enjoying the rain when you’re tucked up safely inside. It’s difficult to experiment if everyone is watching you, and we know when we are on show.