Mondays, am I right?
I just got done doing a standard issue bitch-and-moan session with my best friend (I was the one doing the complaining, by the way), and towards the end, because I am just the kind of asshole to bring my unsolvable problems into the gray matter of my dearest platonic life-mate, she doesn’t know what else to say but tells me that an artist she follows on Twitter just passed away from cancer.
Kind of puts things in perspective, doesn’t it? I mean, sure, I got problems like the IRS swiping me and my wife’s federal tax return just before our first adventure out of the country, but damn … this poor girl doesn’t get any more Mondays.
Having watched my own parents go through the loss of my little sister when she was 16 and the whole world was just opening itself to what someone as smart and as personable and as driven as her could accomplish, I can imagine what this artist’s family is experiencing right now.
The artist I’m referring to went by the Twitter handle Qinni, although her real name was Qing Han, and you can see some of her amazing work in this video she published on YouTube.
At just 28, Qinni, a native of Canada, had already undergone 4 open-heart surgeries before succumbing to cancer on February 8, 2020, at 29-years-old.
Everyone experiences grief differently, but when someone so young and talented passes, the world is lesser for it. We can only marvel at what she was able to accomplish and pass along our condolences. Her fight may be over, but it is my sincerest hope that her work inspires others, not just to pursue their creative passions but to allow themselves to be grateful for all the days they’ve survived and the ones that lay ahead, even the Mondays.
Here are some links to Qinni’s gorgeous art. Please take a minute to honor her life and her art. By doing so you honor yourself.
Rest in peace, Qinni.