When I received the fifth challenge, I was attending the International Quilt Festival in Houston. It was a grand exhibition, and I felt delighted, joyful and excited. Other than these feelings, I expected myself to stand in the position of learning. Curiosity made me associate with such feelings. I felt the trip was full of imaginations and inspirations.
I entered the exhibiting area of SAQA’s Seasonal Palette, and stood in front of my work, Recovery. As I gazed at my work to its every sewing detail, I discovered that my work actually replaced me as an instructor to narrate my creative ideas to the audience and it even had “conversation” with the audience directly. I felt honored and proud of it, but I also felt kind of worried at the same moment. What did I worry about? I wondered if my work itself really told the audience what I wanted to express. I wondered what kinds of conversation it had with the audience, and I wondered if the audience also put masks on my work. I was confused by these feelings and images and I doubted if I put masks on my work as well. Does everyone have these kinds of notion in their lives no matter by intentionally or unintentionally? How to describe and explain the concept of putting masks on others irresponsibly?
We need courage to pursue every improvement during our life process, to experience every precious details of life, and to amend and change. It is undeniable that we cannot abstain from the dazzled sight given by the world. For our current lives that are redoubtable, watchful, unknown or touchable, we must abandon prejudices. Then, we would find a space where we can control things independently, and learn to contend with the masks that we put on accidentally.
Visual experience is not the only way to judge others. Unfortunately, we may wear complicated eyelashes in advance to cover up our true self. Dear Masks, we don’t want to put you on ourselves or others. However, you do exist in our hearts. Please help us with our intellectual power in the changing lives, so we can ask ourselves not to wear masks and not to put masks on other people.