When I got the bunking arrangements, I realised I would be sharing the room with 4 people I didn't know - 1 guy from Singapore, 1 from Penang, and 1 from Taipei. Things were getting exciting (yet not as exciting when my roommates got switched around, but that's another story).
The guy from Taipei is actually the Taipei group's correspondent. He arrived the day after me, and with a bicycle! I was wondering where he got the bike, if he brought it with him or rented it from somewhere. I soon learned that he actually brought the bike along! And he had some stories to tell.
|My roommate Liu Wenxiang (right)|
During his travels, Wen Xiang sketches not so much to create beautiful art, but to capture impressions of the places he visits and the people he comes into contact with. He often uses the local paper - exercise books with lines, hole-punched paper, etc. - which adds another dimension to his art. His art is also a way to bridge gaps and make new friends. What an awesome way to travel!
On the last night of talks before the day of our exhibition, we had a postcard exchange where we exchanged postcard-sized sketches that we did during the day, and guess what? I got his postcard! (Much to the envy of a few people). It's one of the best souvenirs from the Sketching Georgetown trip to Penang.
|Wen Xiang's postcard that I got. The Chinese characters read "Penang".|
I have no idea where he got this paper from.