My last moment with you was taking a picture together during my Tisch Drama Awards Graduation Ceremony. You told me “I’m so proud of you and of all that you have accomplished! I’m just so thrilled.” I was so touched. I’m happy to have made you proud because I really wanted to. You pushed me out of my comfort zone and demanded critical thinking and high-quality work from me.
I am sad that you left us. I miss you so much right now.
I may not understand why you left us early. However I will always think of you as an accomplished NYU Professor at Tisch and a role model to many of your fellow students. I recall you saying that we are your accomplishments. You live vicariously through our different lives as different artists.
I’m grateful because I had the chance to spend my 4 college years of valuable time with you as my teacher, my mentor and my close friend. My classmates and I were so blessed and honored to learn from you. Talking about Medea and Glass Menagerie costumes, Greek and 18th Century France clothing, figure drawing, snack times, project onstage, private meetings with you by the closet under the stairway, sharing costume research, sitting next to you at the final dress rehearsal of my design show, and the sheer joy on your face when hardwork pays off “Va Va Voom!” you would say when I showed my sketches. These are the moments which I will remember you of.
In the past few months, you had asked me to tag you in the various photos I took of our class. I guess you just wanted to see your accomplishments. Today I post them all together for you.
I must’ve told you at some point that I couldn’t have done all those Cinderella and other costume illustrations if it wasn’t for your guidance, inspiration and advice. My work has a huge part of you and always will have.
So I want to thank you. For being my inspiration to gouache and costumes. I will always trace my roots back to you and think of you when I create a piece of artwork and when I design my first opera. I’m sad that you won’t be able to see me grow into the designer artist I will become one day. I will always be inspired by you and remember you forever in my heart.
I have arranged for your name to be written in the Departed section in the August Ghost Month Buddhist Ceremony in Taiwan’s Chung Tai Monastery. This is hoping that you will have a smoother journey to a better next life. I remember you were always interested in hearing about my meditation and buddhism club experiences, and occasionally I’d impart some of the Buddhist wisdom and concepts I’ve learned to you. I only wished I had told you more. I have been reading buddhist sutras chants and sending them to you as well.
I hope we can meet again someday…or in another life as good old friends again.
Love always and See you soon,
Sometimes people leave you
halfway through the wood.
Do not let it grieve you,
No one leaves for good.
You are not alone.
No one is alone.
-Into the Woods