Change on the Horizon

Hello everyone,

Today I wish to announce that 72 Meeting St will be put on “hold” for the moment. Members of 72 Meeting St areentering new phases of their lives in different places. One is in New York working as a freelancer, another studying in London, and I in Korea, also working as a freelancer.

We have come to decide that it is perhaps best to focus on the new challenges we each face. Perhaps we’ll reconvene one day. No one knows what the future holds for us, but we all hope that our paths will converge again. Until then, I will be running a new blog “Acorns on the Fifth Floor” with another fellow RISD alumn Dabin Choi, also known as renowned Squirrel Witch. We are aiming to kick start it by the end of November.

Thank you all for your love and care you showed us!

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Our Tools: Zoë Bae

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Welcome! Today I would like to invite everyone to my home studio where I spend most of my day illustrating and doing many other miscellaneous things. Working right by the window, I am lucky to get ample sunlight during the day. I try to keep the desk clean to the best of my ability, but as soon as I pull out my work space essentials, well… it gets quite crowded quickly.

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This seems pretty clean and bare right? It’s nice to work on something simple.

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I like to have a container with soap water near by when I use rubber masking on the paintings. It comes pretty handy as you can rinse your brushes fairly quickly and effectively after applying rubber mask.

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Slowly the work space gets more crowded… A lot of moving and re-positioning of the materials happen throughout the day.

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I hope everyone enjoyed the small tour of my home studio. It truly is a pleasure to be able to have my own place of work where I can focus on painting and drawing, and occasionally switch to reading books. I shall come back with more work to showcase on 72 Meeting Street, and till then, adieu!

 

Zoë Bae: A Different Look at Depression


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What causes depression? Just as important question is, what  “keeps” the depressed person depressed? Can someone refuse to become happier because he is haunted by the past, or because he is too afraid to face what comes ahead?

Perhaps it takes more than just pills and a dose of cheer to overcome depression, but a true inner courage to walk out of the seemingly endless night.

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Yudi Chen: Fable From Childhood

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One of my favorite childhood stories is the Chinese epic “Journey to the West.” My favorite iterations are the 1980s live action version (with Power Rangers special effects) and the 1990s animated series.  I loved the adventures, the mythology, and especially the character dynamic between Sun Wukong (Monkey) and Zhu Bajie (Pigsy).  Their petty bickering and friendship were always so comedic and charming.  I still re-watch the title sequences to relive that childhood joy (and for the funky 80’s synth music).

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