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    I Passed My Qualifying Exam! | Master’s Updates

    I’m not sure how we got here, but it’s the end of October. I’m finally coming out of my report writing hole to take a breather! Since the end of my first year of my art history MA in April, I’ve been working at my readings and drafting my report for my Qualifying Examination. Basically, I’ve been chugging away throughout the circuit breaker (from April to June) and into the August semester… Trying to work during CB felt nearly impossible at times, and I think it did slow down my progress. I’d say that my preparation took about 4 months, though you could also say that the research is always ongoing and never stops…

    On that cover picture: I was finalising edits of my QE report at the very lovely Little House of Dreams café in Tiong Bahru post-circuit breaker, when I could finally work outside of home! That’s the title page on my laptop, and I’d definitely like to share more about my research soon!

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    Postgrad Expectations | One Year On

    So, it hits me that I am two weeks’ away from a new semester! It will be the start of the second year of my art history master’s at the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University (NTU ADM).

    I’m amazed that time has passed so seemingly quickly — notwithstanding this Covid-19 season, I’ve spent the last few months reading, writing, and trying to keep myself together as I prepare for my Qualifying Exam coming up in September. For now though, I’m thinking about how things have been one year in, and what to expect if you’re heading back to school for postgraduate study!

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    At The Moon bookstore

    Down the Rabbit Hole | Into Postgrad Life

    ‘But I don’t want to go among mad people,’ Alice remarked.

    ‘Oh, you can’t help that,’ said the Cat: ‘we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.’

    ‘How do you know I’m mad?’ said Alice.

    ‘You must be,’ said the Cat, ‘or you wouldn’t have come here.’

    Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

    I was thinking about this quote to sum up my feelings of these crazy times of staying home, but things have gotten so much better since Phase 2 began in Singapore, and I’m able to venture out again! Then, I realised this quote is perfect (as a joke, or maybe quite real) for talking about what I’m up to doing my master’s degree!

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    Peder Severin Krøyer, Roses

    Turning to (More) Art Online

    How are you doing? During these times, I have been (and everyone else too!) asking this question with all sincerity. With ‘staying home’ being the new norm for an indefinite period of time for many of us, I’d admit that these last few months have been difficult in transitioning, and my mood and productivity has been going all haywire.

    I chose this cover picture above of Roses (1893) by Peder Severin Krøyer, which I discovered from reading Women Who Read Are Dangerous, as I thought it’s a great illustration of the home-ly, sheltered lives we have been living in now — lucky for you if you have a gorgeous rose garden like the one pictured! I’ve had this image as my desktop wallpaper since I got my new computer last August, and I love it for its calm peacefulness. In the same way, I wanted to share some art content that I have been checking out recently that has brought both entertainment and reprieve during these times!

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    Lucy Liu, Velocity

    Art of 2019

    Happy 2020! I’m still in that in-between phase where I can’t believe it’s a new year (and decade!) and still in my holiday mode, but I know it’s time to get things moving for the year ahead! Before going into a brand new year of art, I wanted to do a roundup of all the exhibitions I went to in 2019!

    | Cover picture: Lucy Liu, Velocity (one side), 2001, mixed media on canvas |

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