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Artist Statement: “I used to enjoy being by myself. Instead of spending time with others, I enjoyed reading books and listening to music by myself. I had difficulty dealing with people, and I had this uneasy feeling, as I felt I was in the wrong place. One day, I found a notebook. This notebook takes a simple form, but kind of gave me a sense of freedom. As I started customizing the notebook by adding charms and stickers, I started to love this notebook. Even more to the level where I brought it wherever I went. I wrote down anything that came up to my mind. Things that I enjoyed, things that moved me emotionally, images that came up to my mind, my future dreams, and stories that came from my soul. I even drew pictures in the notebook. The pictures ended up being somewhat distorted, but they kind of represented my personality, and I personally felt satisfied. I felt that this notebook takes in my incompleteness as a person. This notebook taught me that the most important thing in life is to be yourself, and to communicate with yourself sincerely. In the end I realized that doing things that I love, being an expert on things I’m good at is the most important aspect. I felt like I received a guide to the path I should pursue. In the journey that I decided to immerse myself in, I met people that are proud and passionate about their jobs, and this moved me emotionally. I felt like the product I’m making can move somebody’s heart. I was able to meet people that share the same dream, and in the end, I realized I was not alone.”