Happy New Year!

“2020”, when written or typed, looks aesthetically good with nice symmetry and its simplicity. In 2019, I had hoped 2020 would be MY year. I was born on a 20, so naturally, ‘2020’ HAD to be my year.

In a way, it was. I gave up the most depressing (but well paying) job as an accountant. It took courage. I enrolled for a masters in New Media Art course in a small town called Ogaki in Gifu Prefecture in Japan. I made new friends, I had more time, I cooked a lot. A LOT.
Even ended up doing a youtube thing where I and my friend cook together(it is more of a talk show than cooking show).

I am privileged that I was having a great time while the world was going through a tough time. But it was after a very very long time, long wait that I finally was doing what I had always wanted to do.

I started facing my fears and being kinder to myself and others last year. So on 31st December 2020, I decided to be a little dramatic and wrote all my fears, resentments, things holding me back, anger, jealousy, regrets and sorrows on a piece of paper and decided to burn it.

I will make ink out of the ash that was left behind and create some art. In 2021, I hope I take my negative emotions and instead of fighting with it, understand it and turn them into something more.

I hope you do too. I hope and wish that this year brings you joy, love, health and strength. I hope you have experiences that fills your heart!!

On day one of 2021, I had the experience of walking on ice, wore wrong shoes and walked a kilometer in wet shoes and socks in a very windy cold afternoon. But oh what an experience!!

Like every year, this year also I feel, this is MY year!!
Happy New Year!

Hope you have a great year! This is YOUR year 🙂

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Kartika Menon View All →

Exploring and experimenting with paper cutting, animation and sketching. Deeply interested in old art practices of Japan. Currently obsessed with abandoned houses in Japan!

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  1. I like this version of Kartika strong determined Kartika. I am very proud of you. You are an amazing friend and closest to a sister that I have got.

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