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There it was, planned as usual for this period of the year, but we canâ€™t do it. What will happen? Will people be as creative as our artists? I doubt it. But we need hope and guidance because art is something that asks of us to move forward. Moving forwardâ€¦ Maybe thatâ€™s the travel we all need whether itâ€™s here and now or in the uncertain future. Art and artists will always be there to take you on a trip.
If you havenâ€™t guessed yet, the theme for the vessel (issue) #11 youâ€™re about to take is TRAVEL.
If you are an artist and you want to get featured, the next theme for the August issue #12 will be Travel, you can submit your artwork at this link:
Artists in this issue
Ban Rak Sun
Life is Travel!
If you want to change yourself, spend your time in a different way, meet new people, and change your location of daily life, Travel is the way. When you travel, you become braver and learn to observe new things with love. This is the reason that one could be changed after traveling to some new places.
I was born and spent most of my life in Korea. During my life, I had several chances to live in abroad such as Hong Kong, Indonesia, and Thailand. From Korea to Thailand, I was exposed to nature, culture, history, and people. After living and traveling to those countries, I have been changed in terms of the way I see the world.
During this journey, I tried to have two objectives in mind “love each moment, every person you’ve met and places you’ve been” and “be brave to try something new”. My travel journey hasn’t finished yet and will continue. I want to hold two important things such as love and courage in my hands for the journey ahead of me.
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A Journey to Heaven
I dedicate this piece to my grandfather who passed away on 11 July 2021 from covid. The piece represents a couple of things.
- What I imagine he is doing in heaven, he used to love airplanes. And
- his journey to heaven.
During this past year, I lost both my grandfathers, but I feel blessed to have known them for as long as I did.
My ideal experience of travel, apart from the excitement and fun of visiting places, embracing new cultures and sampling new cuisines would also to be able to document my experiences by taking photographs of people and places using my favourite analog camera. I enjoy the buzz I get when I get my negatives back from the scanners after a lengthy wait.
A Short Journey Page 1
Traveling within Peru, it’s very common for the locals to take the colectivo – a mini van that stops randomly (or so it seems for the untrained eye of a foreign traveller (myself)).
This is a drawing of my first solo attempt at working the colectivo system in Cusco. In a colectivo there’s always room, as long as one is willing to dispose of one’s own boundaries.
â€œTRAVELâ€? Seriously? A surprising theme, now that leaving home is already too far of a journey. Travelling for pleasure is basically suspended. Hotels along the beach are closed and everything around on hold.
I am visualizing how stuff is locked away. By the palm tree, a boat and a couple of Sea-Doos are decaying slowly, waiting for better moments to come. The same happening to our feelings. All held off…..for a little while longer.
The painting is depicting these current circumstances and sentiments. A few effects resemble old paper photos carrying our faint joyful “TRAVEL” memories.
Universe of the Mind
It’s fascinating to realize how the resemblance of the human network of neurons in our brains and the cosmic web of galaxies is more uncanny than we think. Its not surprising how one would want to have a go around the galaxy and experience its totality and vastness to happen right before one’s very eyes. Its beautiful, plenty and empty at the same time. The mind is such an incredible thing to explore. It holds a tiny space in our bodies, yet capable of taking us where we are today. Every single one of us, who are more likely just a tiny dot in this vast observable universe, possess our own tiny galaxies to explore, and to share to the world. Now that we are pretty much restricted to physically go out and travel because of the current situation, let’s spend more time discovering more about ourselves, and appreciate more of what we are, than what we are not.
Where Should I Go Now?
Meet Our New Artists
Let’s hear from the new artists featured in this issue…
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A Quick Sketch for a Friend – Japan
This is a quick impression of my friend’s visit to Japan. I tried to sketch this digitally from a Film photograph she took in her first visit to Japan. From the City – Yufuin which looked pretty cute. This submission is in gratitude towards her taking the effort to send postcards from her travel destinations. If you look at it from a distance, it sure looks good. Don’t pixel peep. haha
Unfortunately I’m not even close to my first jab yet due to the messy work of the unqualified Thai government that keeps postponing my appointment so here I am, trying to enjoy myself in a bikini.
I had this image of a frog sitting on a tiled road, it’s difficult to describe in words and I had to draw it, but instead of drawing a random scenery, I decided to organize around the avatar I use in my comic strips. And yes I could sleep after I drew this.
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