Your Story Runner Up Issue 21.02: Art Life

Art Life
by Pei Jie Lee

After a few years working in finance, I decided to take a break from the corporate world and enrolled myself to study Visual Art at UniSA. This is the biggest decision I have made in my life and I believe it will be a life changing experience.

My first impression of Adelaide is the friendly and diverse population. I love the artistic energy of this city with the many summer festivals and art galleries. It is an inspiring and humbling experience to see various artists who are deeply passionate performing at the festival.

Last Sunday, I went to a free workshop at the Art Gallery of South Australia where I painted with lots of other people to recreate a huge Turner painting.

The finished artwork is huge: 2.9 metres high and 3.6 metres wide. It is not a perfect masterpiece but I can’t help but be amazed when pieces are put together and they just fit. Thanks to the organisers Luke and Mary, and of course all the artists who put their heart and soul into this piece. (See attached photo courtesy of the Art Gallery: Inspired by J.M.W. Turner’s Scarborough town and castle.)

Today I attended my department orientation. We did a workshop to create masks from paper. It was really fun and I felt like I was a child again, seeing everything in a new light with amazement. I am impressed by the passion and dedication shown by the lecturers.

Truly looking forward to grow artistically here in Adelaide and beyond.

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