Dear Luo Dan,
I want to tell you that I’m feeling you wearing this deer head mask every day for the last four years. You started wearing it while you were making your art because it make you feel peaceful (no surprise that you’re a painter) and eventually, got used to wearing it and started to wear it all the time.
“The deer is a tame animal … Wearing its mask, I could find a long-missing inner peace. When I wear the mask, I feel I am a deer from within,” you said.
That’s lovely, Luo. Truly inspiring. I think it would be safe to say that the deer is your spirit animal. (It has been brought to my attention recently that the term spirit animal may be offensive, so I’m sorry if I offended anyone, but I don’t use the term lightly. I believe in the spirit animal way.) My spirit animal is a bird. Sometimes, when I’m trying to get in touch with my inner sense of freedom, I pretend I am my bird spirit animal, The Bird With The Broken Wing. I don’t have a mask or anything, I just flap around the room squawking because my wing is broken and I don’t know how to fly anymore. And then I try to get in touch with my woundedness and I access my ability to heal myself and take flight. I know this all sounds really weird and esoteric, it’s hard to explain. It’s part of my creative process. I don’t normally share this sort of thing, but I feel like I can tell you about it because I feel like we get each other. I get that when you wear your deer mask you feel inner peace. I get why this helps you make your art. Let me get to know you, Luo, with and without your deer mask. Or maybe I can start wearing a bird mask. I’m open to talking about it.
Yours in spirit animalry,