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I’m not sure when my first brush with art took place. Perhaps it was when I took out all the shoes in my apartment and artfully arranged them by colour. (I can show you pictures.) Or maybe it was when I fingerprinted, when I still needed my fingers to count on. Until a few years ago, I thought being able to sketch a face or fruit really well meant you were good at art. Now that I’ve experienced more with art, I realise that it isn’t true. You just have to have your eyes open for something to inspire you. Art has given me a new perspective on life. When I touch the skin of a lychee fruit, I am reminded of reptiles. And when I bump into a kiosk on every other street corner, I see the lies and shapes that make it up. These everyday observances inspire my drawings, doodles, and now, prints. They helped me realise that art is tangible and raw. This MoMA program helped me to understand the technical difficulties of printmaking, or any other art medium really. Art doesn’t always just amazingly appear on paper. Art doesn’t always just amazingly appear on paper. Sometimes you have to go through a series of trial and error, like I did when making prints. But sometimes the occasional flaw adds to the piece. Just like I don’t really know if the next thing I see on the street will inspire me, I don’t really know what will happen in my prints.