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One day, while the illustrator, Gee Fan Eng sipping on watermelon juice and flipping through a book about tears, a question popped into her mind: she wondered if watermelon would shed red tears when it weeps. Though we often depict tears as blue in illustrations, could tears, like watermelon juice, be red? And why do tears taste salty? Would they become more endearing if they were sweet instead? Contemplating tears, she started to imagine what if tears were bottled up like a refreshing beverage, a seasoning, or even something that could help others? Would it lead to more acceptance and understanding of crying?
As she delved into the subject of tears, she found that most narratives centered around negativity. However, reflecting on her own experiences of shedding tears, she realized her thoughts about crying weren’t entirely negative. With this in mind, she decided to express diverse ideas and stories through her unique illustration style, portraying tears as intriguing and thought-provoking.
Her intention is not to make the audience overly positive or optimistic through this series of works. Instead, she hopes that when confronted with tears, people can experience various emotions, resulting in different perspectives and thoughts.
After all, who said tears couldn’t be fascinating?