The exchange student from Mykolas Romeris University (MRU), in Vilnius for a semester ending in June, has worn different hats during her life, including that of event organizer, translator and journalist. In her spare time, she finds time to paint using a special Indian ink painting technique. She agreed to answer a few questions before her ink painting exhibition opens at MRU on May 19.
– Why did you decide to come here?
– I came as an exchange student because of the arts. I had studied art in Malaysia. I was interested in art and wanted to see things from a European point of view. In addition, I had the opportunity to study Business Administration for an exchange semester at Mykolas Romeris University.
– What did you know about Lithuania before coming?
– I am a student at the Malaysian University of Science on the island of Penang. There was an artist of Lithuanian origin, Ernestas Zacharevič living on the island who was famous for his murals. It was maybe in 2012 or 2013, when I heard about him and his country, Lithuania. Since then, I have read many articles about Lithuania, its culture, its gastronomy and many more that I found on the Internet. It inspired me to visit, come here and see the city and Lithuania for myself.
– What did you find here that surprised you the most?
– Weather. I came in January and there was snow and it was winter. It was snowing. I knew it would be cold, but I didn’t realize it would be so cold. When I arrived in Vilnius I only had 2 shirts and had to buy warm clothes. Also, I was surprised that I could find a lot of rice in supermarkets in Vilnius. My mother kept asking me if there was rice in Vilnius.
– How about the food, it’s very different from what you are used to in Malaysia?
– Yes, we eat more rice, fish there. Here, I don’t eat so much rice, but I found berries, which are expensive in Malaysia, and I eat a lot of different berries – strawberries, currants. It’s good for our body, for our health.
– In your free time, do you participate in different university activities and like to paint?
– Yes, MRU offers free Japanese lessons. I’m a Japanese student and I learned a lot in the last semester. My other activity is painting. For the past 10 years, I have been interested in Indian ink painting. It’s hard and I’m still learning. I paint on very thin rice paper. I have already painted new paintings here in Lithuania and they will be exhibited at Mykolas Romeris University from May 19. I have already painted a red squirrel which is an endangered species and sakura trees, which were blooming in Vilnius and near MRU’s LAB building earlier this month.
– What are your plans for the future?
– Then I am completing my masters degree in University of Science Malaysia, I would like to pursue PhD. Maybe I will pursue studies in Europe, I am not sure yet. I will see if it is possible to apply and study for a PhD in Europe.
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