Thank you so much for taking the time to meet with all of us yesterday. It certainly was a pleasure and a great opportunity to get to meet and talk with you and attend your lecture. I was thrilled and inspired yesterday in ways that I did not anticipate. My trip to Ethiopia was one of the most transformational experiences of my life. It not only influenced my subsequent artwork, but my world view as a whole, and for that I am eternally thankful.
Yesterday, our conversation spurred me to once again reflect on my experiences in Ethiopia. I have attached my final year thesis to this e-mail, since its' contents really are the culmination of my reflection on my travels. While I don't believe I was able to create artwork that did my concept justice, it was incredible to recall my intellectual transformation within that year that began with my trip to Ethiopia.
The work you are doing is interesting, progressive and has so much potential impact on the effectiveness of organizations that are doing important things to make the world a better place. It was inspiring to be introduced to these ideas, especially as I continue to think about my life, my career, and my upcoming travels. As we discussed yesterday, there is a good, a bad, and an ugly about the world being so connected. It truly is inspiring to see the way in which you have decided to live in the world; educating students, connecting organizations that have good humanitarian causes, and enabling students to be able to see the world in news ways.
As I continue to make sense of what my place is in the world and how I will chose to live in it, I just want to extend my sincerest thanks to you.
Jin's translation of Candy's "Music from the Womb"
At night, my head rests upon a mossy stone
purple pansies grow around my face
Surrounding me like petals of a daisy
Each flower is that petal
ready to blow away and wilt on the cold ground
When someday it will be labeled as an ancient fossil
No, that is not the way
Flowers die because I sleep in their flowerbed
Crushed they bloom, crushed they will go
I awake from the dream
and shake my head my dream catcher
All of the petals of flowers fall
each one with the same message: Forget me not
A play written by Liwen Jin about Candy's story
Due to your hard work, lovely Candy Wei is reborn, perhaps not on the earth, but at least on the worldwide web.
Candy Wei Memorial Web, a new and a good idea of today, will be viewed all over the world from now on to forever.
The Memorial Web is alive and can grow. Besides putting more Candy's newly found works into the web, the recollections of Candy's friends' and the viewers' comments can be encouraged and can be added into the web. The items like 'Discussion Forum' or 'Opinion Box' may be worthy of consideration.
Candy's works of both arts and writings are mature, unique, and surprising, Her webpage designs and poetry really impress me.
I never met Candy before, but I believe Candy Wei is one of a few true young artists in the first decade of the new century. The Memorial Website of hers has the potential to be an everlasting one.
Let's keep work on and make this website a legend in the virtual world.
Thank you for reading this letter.
Kam-moon (from Hong Kong)
The website for Candy is very beautiful. Every time I see her work I am amazed at the range of her art and her power as an artist. For so young a person, she was so thoughtful and innovative in the ways in which she looked at even the most mundane items that her art encourages the viewer to see things differently as well. I quite enjoyed her pencil drawings from Mavis and Gail's collection; they show such a wry sense of humor. Thank you for sharing her work with us. I know I will return to see these paintings again and again.
i was very moved by the web site for candy. This young woman had a richer life in 21 years than many of us have had in twice, or more, that long. the testimonies were amazing. such friendship, such love, such support, such admiration for her creativity.... i particularly loved her website. It is also nice to know she had a special someone. How I wish I had known her. But seeing these pictures and her art work and the many messages, in a way I think that i have.
Looking at Candy's legacy, I couldn't help shaking my head and asking why. Why we were given such a precious gift and so abruptly snatched away? You have told me about her talents, but I didn't know she was THIS talented until I saw her works. What a creative mind! The world has lost a beautiful soul and an artful genius. SIGH.
I went to the website, saw and read some of Candy's art and literary work. Although I didn't know her personally, I felt a lot of who she was and what she went through in life was expressed through her work. Her passion and character really inspired me, and i believe it will continue to inspire many others. I will be keeping her in my prayers.
Page and I received yesterday your letter about the website that you and your friend have constructed for Candy. This is a splendid tribute to Candy's gift for art and for friendship. The separate page devoted to Justin's memorial letter to Candy, and Candy's letter to him, along with his drawing, conveys her power to inspire others. Candy's versatility as an artist is well represented on the site, and her short story written late last year (which I remember Justin praising after he read it in December) is remarkable.
I was profoundly touched by the creative energy, critical intensity, and spiritual beauty her art and writing exude. I feel as if I know her, though I have never had the honor to meet her in person. Although my heart is saddened by the loss of such talent, courage, and dignity, I also rejoice with you that Candy is now embarking on another journey towards a realm where she will find more beauty and peace than this world could offer her....
I have hardly known Candy. I must have met her twice, at Mad Hatter's, and nothing more. But the grief and sadness that have engulfed me upon hearing the news of her passing are here to stay. I simply couldn't believe my eyes when I read that email from Michigan. Then I visited the web-page and read a lot and saw a lot and found out a lot about her. About her talents, and preoccupations and mostly about her search. Yours was not a child that could stop searching, Jing, that's how she looks to me. Yours was a child who had to explore, who had to go through things, touch them gently with her eyes or her mind or her breath and get to know them. That's her art and mostly her web-page told me.
Truly a journey, truly the tunnel. I recited in my mind the Tibetan prayer that you put on line and I somehow felt very deeply touched inside and very silent. I would almost say that I could communicate with this complete stranger and tell her, wherever she is, to fare well and peacefully.
I am neither an artist nor know how to read arts, albeit some of Candy's expressions seems highly poetic and mystic, perhaps the outlook of her inner most pure observations. One thing I can certainly say that she was highly talented and pure inside. At times, I 'me deeply touched by the passages of her life which I believe we were somehow karmically linked of course or perhaps because being, myself, a father of two daughters. Therefore,I appreciate and enjoy to browse the arts at times.
I wanted to let you know how amazed I was by Candy's body of work. I had not seen anything until you gave me the Web site. And then reading your beautiful speech, I could see where Candy's poetry and wisdom came from. Candy's art is so inspired and provocative; I am glad we are able to view it. I showed my mom and boyfriend and they too thought her talent was beyond her years.
Both the art design and the writings attest to her enormous talent and huge potential. "Poem 2," especially, struck us as poignant and moving. I'm considering using it in my poetry class next year--if that's OK with you.
I logged on to it (the website) yesterday afternoon and I was amazed at how beautiful it is..... so easy to navigate through and yet so simple and elegant. I couldn't keep my tears back as I was going through all of Candy's photos and artwork. To this day, not a day goes by without me thinking of Candy. I especially still think of her in the evenings before I go to bed. Her smile is embedded in my mind.
I just read the story of Candy in the Detroit Free Press and immediately went to her beautiful website. It is heartbreaking to imagine the talented, gentle soul of this beautiful young woman in such torment. Something must be done to further education about the debilitating illnesses that rob these gifted souls of their joy in life.
My 20 year old daughter Caitlin took her life on a cold January day in 2000. She too was a beautiful, talented student, loved and cared for by family and friends. I too believe the mental health system does not see the seriousness of their cry for help.
My heart aches with Candy's friends and her mother Jing Wang. I would like to help. Please contact me if I can in any way. This anguish cannot be borne alone. It has only been through the caring words of those who have also experienced this particular loss of a child that I have been able to go on.
9-23-79 to 1-25-00
I first met Candy when her family moved into the house down the street on Landsbury Drive, Durham, NC. We became great friends and did everything together.
My mother was the first to hear of Candy's death and wrote me right away. I am glad to see that there is a memorial web site for her and all the beautiful work that she did. I remember that she loved to draw as a child and was always creative. I can see by her works of art on the web site that she only got better and better as she grew.
She taught me many things about life and her culture. She was a wonderful person and a great friend. I wish that she would have received help sooner.
Jing, my thoughts are with you always. Please contact me or my family if you wish.
-Christina Esposito (friend, Landsbury Drive, Durham, NC)
I was so saddened to read about Candy yesterday. What a beautiful girl she was. It is no wonder why God called such a talented girl back home. Please tell her family that I am keeping them and Candy in my prayers. If there is anything I can do in memory of such a beautiful girl, please let me know. May God be with all of you.