Mylyn Nguyen: Sometimes I’m too boring for my imaginary friends

I always wanted imaginary friends but I couldn’t get any. When I was little my greatest comfort was cardboard boxes. Big ones, small ones, matchbox ones. If I couldn’t have imaginary friends, at least I could make a home for one and hope they would like it enough to make friends with me.

Art Exhibition coming up at MAY SPACE in Waterloo precinct, New South Wales, Australia.
From Wednesday 08 May 2019 to Sunday 26 May 2019
Launch Saturday 11 May 2019, 3-5pm

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Published by MAY SPACE on Tuesday 26 March 2019.
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Sometimes I would sit in an empty cardboard box for hours; savouring the dim, browny-hued darkness and warm paper smell. When I was about 20, I made one. I couldn’t decide if he was a bear or a human, so he is half: a man wearing a bear head. He still appears now sometimes to pat me on my head when I accidentally step in a puddle of water and get my socks all wet so I have to spend the rest of the day walking around with squishy shoes or when I drop my egg, mid-peel, into the bin.

Location

409b George Street Waterloo NSW Australia 2017