Quote of the Week | The Writing Muscle

Writer

Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.
Jane Yolen

Let’s make every day a writing muscle-building day.

Curtains Down | A Tribute to Danny McNie

The red velvet curtain of rage
Came down
Before the final Act

Your presence was felt
Your voice, your snivel
Now sorrow of absence dealt

Can’t seize a glimpse
As lights had dimmed
Vanished youth, vanished beauty

Good bye, Danny
Farewell
Sweet Angel

*Danny McNie is immortalised in his musical performances in The Music of Alan Menken (Tokyo), Miss Saigon (USA), Voyage de la Vie (Singapore)


“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.”
— Ernest Hemingway

Fukuoka Asian Art Museum: Tales of my Village

The Fukuoka Asian Art Museum or FAAM, in Hakata City, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan, features an exhibit entitled: “Tales of my Village.” It showcases an interesting array of artworks by great artists from India, Thailand, Laos, Singapore, Philippines, Pakistan, Korea, Vietnam, Myanmar, China, India, Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia and Sri Lanka.

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The collection has defined the term “My Village” which is something symbolic to the concept of “Homeland.” The exhibit will run until 26th May 2015.

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As FAAM describes it, “The works in the collection of the museum are not imitation of Western art or repetitions of traditional works. Instead they seek to overcome the existing framework of art, being made by artists living in ‘contemporary’ Asia.

While FAAM attempts to express a message of the ever-changing ‘Asia’, the Asian artists featured in the exhibition, depicts the sense of belongingness to one’s homeland and patriotism, if we may add.

FAAM’s “Tales of my Village” simply puts together a charming recoil to the basic questions: “Where am I from?” or “Who am I?”

Exhibit sequence: “Depicting Village Life”; “My Village”; “The Reality of a Homeland”; “Movement”

WORKS AND ARTISTS:

Nunelucio Alvarado “Sugar Daddy”
Nunelucio Alvarado
“Sugar Daddy”
Oil on Canvas
Philippines, 1998

Nunelucio Alvarado “Masskara Queen”
Nunelucio Alvarado
“Masskara Queen”
Oil on Canvas
Philippines, 1998

Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC)/Aarong “Women of Bengali/Tapestry”
Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC)/Aarong
“Women of Bengali/Tapestry”
Embroidery on Cloth
Bangladesh, 2000

Song Hyunsook “8 Brushstrokes”
Song Hyunsook
“8 Brushstrokes”
Tempera on Canvas
Korea, 1998

Iftikhar Dadi Pakistan
Iftikhar Dadi
“Muslims are meat eaters, they prefer food containing salt. Hindus on the other hand prefer a sweet taste.”
Inkjet Print on Transparency, Light Box
Pakistan, 1997

Risham Syed “The Pillow Story”
Risham Syed
“The Pillow Story”
Acrylic, Collage, Buttons, Tea on Handmade Wasli Paper
Pakistan, 1999

Mian Ijaz-ul-Hassan “Thah”
Mian Ijaz-ul-Hassan
“Thah”
Oil on Canvas
Pakistan, 1973

Gulam Mohammed Sheikh “Choice of Birth”
Gulam Mohammed Sheikh
“Choice of Birth”
Oil on Canvas
India, 1992-1994

Ismail Abdul Latiff “Valley in Morning Dew, Purification of Princess”
Ismail Abdul Latiff
“Valley in Morning Dew, Purification of Princess”
Mixed Media on Paper
Malaysia, 1988

Kazi Ghiyasuddin “Sound of Nature – 5”
Kazi Ghiyasuddin
“Sound of Nature – 5”
Oil on Canvas
Bangladesh, 1996

Haji Marsidi bin Haji Akip “Symphony No. 22 (Kite Season No. 14)”
Haji Marsidi bin Haji Akip
“Symphony No. 22 (Kite Season No. 14)”
Oil on Canvas
Brunei, 1986

Sulaiman Haji Esa “Mahsuri 2”
Sulaiman Haji Esa
“Mahsuri 2”
Handmade Paper, Metallic Yarn, Bamboo and Acrylic
Malaysia, 1983

Choi Jeonghwa “Made in Korea”
Choi Jeonghwa
“Made in Korea”
Color Photograph, Acrylic Board, Plastic Chair
Korea, 1991

Luo Brothers “I Love Tienanmen Square, Beijing”
Luo Brothers
“I Love Tienanmen Square, Beijing”
Photograph, Computer Graphics, Watercolor, Lacquer on Board
China, 1996-1997

Manuel Ocampo “Paradise Open to All” (Paraeso Abierto a Todos)
Manuel Ocampo
“Paradise Open to All” (Paraeso Abierto a Todos)
Acrylic and Collage on Canvas
Philippines, 1994

Raj Kumar Das (Painting); Gaffar Mistry (Rickshaw Making) “Rickshaw”
Raj Kumar Das (Painting); Gaffar Mistry (Rickshaw Making)
“Rickshaw”
Tricycle with enamel paint, Vinyl, Bamboo, Tin, Metal and Photograph
Bangladesh, 1994

Liew Kung Yu “Sincere Memorial Gift – 1”
Liew Kung Yu
“Sincere Memorial Gift – 1”
Photo Collage, Tile, Cloth, Printed Paper on Wood
Malaysia, 1995

Atul Dodiya “Gabbar on Gamboge”
Atul Dodiya
“Gabbar on Gamboge”
Oil, Acrylic, Marble Dust, Charcoal on Canvas
India, 1997

Thawan Duchanee “Worship”
Thawan Duchanee
“Worship”
Oil on Canvas
Thailand, 1964

Thawan Duchanee “Self”
Thawan Duchanee
“Self”
Oil, Enamel and Gold Leaf on Canvas
Thailand, 1989

I Dewa Putu Mokoh “Mother and Child Laying Sound Asleep”
I Dewa Putu Mokoh
“Mother and Child Laying Sound Asleep”
Acrylic on Canvas
Indonesia, 1992

Carlos V. Francisco “Progress through Education”
Carlos V. Francisco
“Progress through Education”
Oil on Canvas
Philippines, 1964

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Marisa Dasaravath
“Spirit of Mother – Hmong”
Oil on Canvas
Laos, 2008

“Chinese Figures and Auspicious Patterns”
Anonymous
“Chinese Figures and Auspicious Patterns”
Ink and Pigment on Silk
China, Qing Dynasty 18th Century

Luong Xuan Nhi “A Reading Girl”
Luong Xuan Nhi
“A Reading Girl”
Oil on Canvas
Vietnam, 1940

Liu Kang “Slippers”
Liu Kang
“Slippers”
Oil on Canvas
Singapore, 1930

Georgette Chen Liying “Cityscape of Beijing”
Georgette Chen Liying
“Cityscape of Beijing”
Oil on Canvas
Singapore, Circa 1940

Jamini Roy “Fawn”
Jamini Roy
“Fawn”
Gouache on Cardboard
India, Unknown

Lionel Wendt Title Unknown [View from a Vernada]
Lionel Wendt
Title Unknown [View from a Vernada]
Gelatin Silver Print
Sri Lanka, Unknown

Lionel Wendt Torso of a Sinhalese Fisherman
Lionel Wendt
Torso of a Sinhalese Fisherman
Gelatin Silver Print
Sri Lanka, Circa 1936-1937

Su Xinping “Walking Men”
Su Xinping
“Walking Men”
Lithograph on Paper
China, 1989

Kim Seongyoun “trans-“
Kim Seongyoun
“trans-“
Video (4:20)
Korea, 2003/2005

Khien Yimsiri “Musical Rhythm”
Khien Yimsiri
“Musical Rhythm”
Bronze
Thailand, 1949

Fukuoka Asian Art Museum
7th & 8th Floor, Riverain Center Building
3-1 Shimokawabata-machi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka City
Telephone: 092 263 1100
http://faam.city.fukuoka.lg.jp/


Life is all about change. If it were static, think about how boring it would be. You can’t be afraid of it, and you can’t worry that you’ll mess things up. You deserve good things, and I want to be one of them.

Ellen Hopkins

This Love is Mine

This Love is Mine

Love is not in our choice but in our fate.

John Dryden