My Very First Exhibition in Life | 平生第一个画展

---Pray, 2015.5.1 |《祈祷》

—Pray, 2015.5.1 |《祈祷》

 

Huge THANK YOU to B人BEL for inviting me to be part of this Healing Art Exhibition – one that is involved in the world’s biggest drawing festival: The Big Draw! I pray for the good.
本周末,世界最大的绘画节将首次登陆上海!感谢B人BEL的邀请,让我很荣幸庆祝这个节日的同时有了平生第一个艺术展,翻开了个人历史中新的一页。
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Each piece of my artwork is an idea or a catharsis for me. Each one will be the only print in the world, and each one is framed with the best material I could find.
我的每副作品将都是世界独一无二的,且每副作品选材包装也将是最好的。因为无论是思想的挣扎还是情感的宣泄,那个拉长的过程是无法用世俗的金钱来衡量的。希望大家可以用心用爱用你们的亲身经历与我一起融入到一个无声胜有声的世界。
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Never could I imagine that my “random” sketches would be exhibited today. Gratefully I am hoping to share my courage and my luck with those who are in need. I determine to set all price for my artworks with my two lucky numbers like this:
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“1” – my first time exhibition | 代表我的第一个艺术展
“7+3” – my two lucky numbers make a perfect ten.
“0” – an innovative circle that will constantly remind me where and how I started it.
我从未想过在2015年受压抑的那段时间所“胡画”的一些素描竟然会在今天展出。谢天谢地谢大家!我希望与那些需要帮助的人分享我的勇气和运气。我下决心将我所有的作品都用我的两个幸运数字 3&7 来定价。这就成了一个十全十美的十,一个永恒创新的圆,一个不断提醒我回归生命最开始的地方。
---The full list of The 2019 Big Draw Festival |2019绘画节艺术活动清单

—The full list of The 2019 Big Draw Festival |2019绘画节艺术活动清单

Since 2001, The Big Draw Festival has been promoting the universal language of drawing as a tool for learning, expression and invention.
The Big Draw绘画节从2001年起就一直在推广绘画这种通用语言,并将其作为一种学习,发明和自我表达的工具。”
For more information, please click B人BEL’s article here.
更多信息,请点击这里阅读B人BEL相关文章。
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About Heather Cai:
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Heather is the daughter of a subsistence rice farmer from Fujian Province, China. She tells stories from her experience as one of the poorest. She writes her dream to share with the world, a very personal place. She has now written two English literary novels and is looking to being published in the UK. Her passion is a splendid cocktail or milkshake of word, image, music and art. She likes collecting books, DVDs, papers, stones, shells and leaves. She desires for all forms of natural beauty. She is currently teaching kids chess in Shanghai and serving as Sergeant-at-arms (SAA) for Shanghai Leadership Toastmasters Club.
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11 thoughts on “My Very First Exhibition in Life | 平生第一个画展

  1. writingbolt says:

    I suppose my simpler works would be welcome at such an exhibition, too?…if I was allowed to enter and in Shanghai. How can this be the biggest exhibition in the world? Or, just the biggest display of casual sketch art versus professionally framed and more elaborately crafted pieces?

    Just the map of activities and such sounds a bit liberating to the creative soul. Active/Communal art space, where visitors can contribute a little something, is sure to be stimulating and inspirational…provided people don’t just fill it with “SANDY WAS HERE” or “#TWEETWITHTHISTWIT.”

    You’ve completed writing two novels?…but struggled with writing in school or never took proper writing classes?

    I am liking the milkshake analogy. 🙂 I, too, collect objects of natural beauty, as well as colorful and shapely glass pieces that catch sunlight in a pleasing way. I could fill a room with harmonious glass art and bask in the warmth and colors, like a casual church for the artistic soul. I’d also like a sun room filled with seashells, shapely rocks and interesting wooden shapes, and maybe even scatter some sand on the reddish or natural wood floor just to feel closer to the forest and beach at the same time.

    Have you ever been so fortunate…or do you know anyone who has…ever found a lightning fossil?

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    • Heather Cai says:

      Hmm, I’m quite impressed by such a refreshing comment. First of all, please allow me to clarify something – I did not say the Healing Art Exhibition is the biggest exhibition in the world, but The Big Draw is the biggest drawing festival in the world. 😛

      There is no way I could afford to study abroad, well, not yet. I also made my very first drawing in 2015 when using a hotel toilet. You can check out my earlier blog Writer’s Block about this.

      I am glad you can appreciate some delicate beauty, your words are sensual. I also collect beautiful things, people, objects, places – anything I find attractive and, I hope, not always the most obvious.

      I hope my family have given up hoping that I will follow any traditional Chinese path. Marriage? “On her twenty-second birthday She already is an old maid” and that was ten years ago, Teaching? Well sort of but chess to young kids, which is what I am doing. I objected that I did not play, and the school said it did not matter – just stay one lesson in front of the kids. I am doing the best I can and that’s all that anyone can do.

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      • writingbolt says:

        Now see, that’s what happens when I read/comment so late at night.

        There were TWO exhibitions you mentioned? I thought it was just one.

        But, even then, this Big Draw is the biggest what in the world and how/why? How does it confirm such a title?

        Wait, wait wait…your very first drawing was made in 2015 on a toilet? Or, the first drawing you included in this expo thingy was that drawing…and you’ve been drawing since you were a kid, like me? If your very first drawing in life was on that hotel toilet…that is a shitty origin story. 😛

        Sensual is as sensual inspires.

        You collect beautiful PEOPLE? What are you, a gorgon? 😛 And, places? Who do you think you are? Carmen Sandiego? Or, Carmen Shanghai?

        Just don’t let your parents give up on you, completely. My folks (and siblings at times) are pretty much exhausted my “unique life path” which doesn’t fit their conformity.

        Teaching chess? I would have loved that idea maybe 10 years ago. But, as much as I still like the shapes of certain chess pieces and the concept of a checker-board floor, I am not as crazy about the actual game, these days. I never mastered it. I can play…just not well enough to beat a computer or most folks I’ve faced. And, not that I always have to be a winner, but I get tired of losing. 🙂

        Wait, you don’t play but you teach it? That’s messed up. That’s like teaching guitar without actually playing one. How can you? There’s no passion in that.

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      • Heather Cai says:

        Hahaha, The Big Draw is a festival, and this Healing Art Exhibition is part of the festival.

        My very first drawing – The Left Eye (2015.2.28) You can find it via my article Writer’s Block with a full story about how I made it.

        No, I never really drew anything much at all before 2015, and I seldom draw now since I could write again. But I will not give up the idea of painting one day when I can.

        Yes, beautiful people and places. I am nothing. LOL

        It is comforting to hear someone out there like you having fought for a “unique life path”.

        You are right about chess, as an experienced player. And you are right that I am still learning it while teaching and creating and enjoying. Maybe the things you like would really play some misty and magic on the person who is really into it. I totally enjoy this challenge that can stir my brain endlessly.

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      • writingbolt says:

        Ah, so the Healing Art section was like our local city art fair’s interactive art section, where people can contribute sidewalk chalk art and add doodles to a vertical banner/roll of paper, etc.

        You literally started drawing in 2015, no earlier? And, you’re how old? Does it pay to ask what got you started drawing that year, or do I need to read the blog story? 😛

        What does not much of anything mean?

        You are nothing? You are far from nothing, especially if you are in so many of your photos. I must be next to nothing because most of my photos are of the places I’ve visited, often capturing small, unexpected focus points others might overlook.

        Learning WHILE teaching it? Oy vey. That’s even crazier. You’re a substitute teacher, at best (no offense).

        Creating what with chess? I’ve often thought about crafting my own chess sets and coming up with new rules (giving new pieces new move sets/options).

        Play some misty and magic? I am not sure what that means or what that would mean with what I like.

        Oh, I am sure chess will reach a limit of stirring your brain. 🙂 It is a very structured and set/aged game of rules. Until someone offers alternate rules.

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      • Heather Cai says:

        You sound getting more curious 😛

        The Big Draw consists of many different art activities, The Healing Art Exhibition is a part – I was one of the two featured artists, they hung our drawings properly for appreciation. And there was indeed a huge canvas beside for doodling, particularly fun for kids.

        Writer’s Block might worth reading for you, I mean, you would enjoy and find something culturally interesting there.

        I see myself as nothing, and nothing is everything. Just a passenger in this life. Maybe I’m bullshiting, let’s not go deeper than that. :O

        It is fascinating that you can craft your own chess sets and play with new rules. That’s very creative, the chess statics are challenging for me to learn already…. Like you can cook up something out of nothing.

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      • writingbolt says:

        I am just feeling drawn to Shanghai and this festival business.

        Eh? Nothing and everything? That is confusing in a perfume commercial sort of way. You are speaking Shakespearean riddles or some scrap of “wisdom” from Fahrenheit 451. [I add Ray Bradbury to my list of influential authors.]

        Oh, we need to go deeper than bullshit. I won’t settle for poop. And, you are not poop…and far more than just the average passenger. The average passenger is cattle. Neither you nor I is a cow. Unless you were born an Ox year or have Hera or Hut Heru as a mother.

        I would not have decided to invent new pieces and moves for chess if I had not grown bored with the strict movement rules. 😛 It’s just one flame from my creative spirit clawing for originality.

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      • Heather Cai says:

        Haha, perfume commercial sort of way sounds intriguing! I personally love Shakespearean passion, though the language too old for me to understand much. I’ve no idea about Fahrenheit 451 (what a strange name!) or Ray Bradbury.

        I’m fascinated the poop philosophy. ;p

        Are Hera or Hut Heru your creations or some mythology characters I never heard before?

        I like your creative spirit for oiriginality’s sake.

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      • writingbolt says:

        Define Shakespearean passion. From my understanding, it’s passion for violence and revenge, usually with poison or some sharp object. I don’t recall any Harlequin romance-novel passion in his stuff.

        Yea, his language choice/time period is a bit rusty, archaic and difficult to process. The Merchant of Venice was the first work of his I clearly understood, and it was a rather dull story.

        Fahrenheit 451 is the number of the fireman and the temperature at which paper burns; Ray Bradbury was a mind ahead of his time, ,like me, imagining a future in which people decided books were to blame for rebellious behavior. So, the firemen started burning all forms of written history, fiction and philosophy to cleanse minds. In the modern HBO movie version, the future is dominated by an AI device, like our Alexa, Cortana or Siri. And, people are so wired to the internet (“the nine”) that the people who design the websites can alter facts people search for and rewrite history, spreading lies.

        Poop philosophy?

        Hera is one of the most famous Greek goddesses. Hut Heru is an Egyptian goddess. If they were my creations, that would make me Chaos or some primordial force of the universe.

        Well, thank you. 🙂

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      • Heather Cai says:

        That’s a big lesson I learned from you – So informative, not sure I’ll remember all, but I think I can remember there’s such a person telling such things. 🙂 Thank YOU

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