My wishes for the new year
It seems like it was just yesterday that we were counting down to 2023. But now I'm looking ahead to 2024.
2023 was a grateful year that brought me many challenges.
As an artist, I began my graduate school studies in earnest with the wish to escape from my narrow and stuffy studio and go out into the wider world, and eventually graduated successfully.
I also taught Myanmar children online. While attending graduate school, I published five children's books in my spare time. Above all, I attended 11 large and small exhibitions while studying. I taught students during this period. Several of these students achieved outstanding achievements through international competitions. Another student, like me, published a children's book on Amazon. Another student wrote a 28-chapter children's book.
My students took on challenges together and upgraded themselves with sparkling eyes. I am happiest when I see them. All of these things happened in one year.
These things are more precious to me than anything else because I have achieved them while living a busy life as an artist, mother, and wife. All of these things were possible because of the help from those around me.
And as I achieved each achievement, I fell in love with art even more. I hope my 2024 will be like 2023. I hope 2024 will also be filled with challenges and rewards.
Among the new challenges I took on this year, what I remember most is a local event with students. With my students, I participated in a local annual event: making a scarecrow and decorating a Christmas tree. Although I was worried that the students' works might fall to the floor due to the wind and rain, this process was also very valuable to me.
This event is meaningful because I participated with a pure heart, regardless of a rank. My students and I strive to beautify the area and showcase our work as guardians of the arts.
I know very well the value and importance of working consistently and patiently every day. This can also be clearly seen through the surrounding nature. Just as a sprout grows little by little and becomes a big tree, we grow like that. I put these wishes into the form of the video below.
This is my philosophy about art. I would like to start and achieve this with the same mindset next year as well.
Thank you again for always accompanying me. I know very well that there are people who consistently read my posts. And they also read my children's storybooks together. It's really wonderful to be able to share our feelings through art without having to meet all over the world.
I hope that everyone who reads my writing, buys or looks at my paintings will be filled with happiness and joy.
Have a happy holiday. And I hope 2024 will be filled with happiness, joy, and good luck.
Myungja Anna Koh