Art and Core Values
By: William Morris Hunt
This piece might be overlooked in an art gallery because it lacks bright eccentric colors that catch the eye. However this piece evoked a value I hold close to my heart: adventure. I am from Virginia but chose to come to Florida because I have a sense of adventure and am always looking forward to what the next chapter will bring. I love how this piece encompasses Florida's natural aspects such as the Spanish moss. This piece deepens my sense of adventure because it helps me know that I made the right choice coming to Florida. It shows Florida's raw beauty that I have come to love and enjoy. It evokes nostalgia because although I do miss the Virginia mountains, I can't wait to further explore the Florida landscape.
Art and the Good Life
Las Tres Antillas (The Three Antilles)
By: Cundo Bermudez
This piece is done by a Cuban artist. It was done in 1969, at the height of the Castro regime. Thousands and thousands of Cubans left Cuba in search of a better life in America. They were in search of the Good Life. They recognized the injustices within their country and wanted a life without those injustices. This piece depicts a celebration of Cuba and the Antilles surrounding it because amidst the brutal grip on the arts in the Cuban dictatorship, Bermudez was able to create something beautiful. It shows the theme of protecting Cuban pride. It adds to my understanding because it shows that even when you're surrounded by darkness, you must still take pride in yourself in order to protect yourself from a cruel world.