Medium of the Art
As an architecture major I really appreciated the content of Yvonne Jacquette's work. I feel that her wood cuts are a beautiful testament to the flow and life of a city. This particular medium is effective because the black/ negative space dominates but the details that Jacquette had cut into the wood are highlighted. In person her works are very striking, because of the sheer intricacy, as well as the contrast between the light and dark. My favorite piece was the wood cut that I am pictured with above; the piece is titled "Lights and Towers" and was created in 2005.
Design of the Museum
The David A. Cofrin Asian Art Wing was my favorite space in the museum. I love the sense of hierarchy and measure provided by the cabinets which house these works of art. I also find the contrast between the rich wood and the white walls to be very pleasing. The wing has a sense of warmth brought into it by both the woods used and the light entering from the garden space. The garden itself is peaceful and proves that nature, too, can be thought of as art. Both the architects and landscape architects did an impressive job at creating a space that would invite and intrigue visitors of the Harn.
Art and Core Values
I really admire Frida Kahlo as an artist so her portraits spoke to me. My favorite photograph of Frida Kahlo is the one I am pictured with above. This portrait was done by Florence Arquin in 1941. The work is untitled and it shows Frida displaying one of her corsets; this particular one is decorated the communist symbol. I believe that this photograph shows Frida's autonomy, self-expression, and personal beliefs - all of which are important values to me. I love that Frida Kahlo was a strong and independent woman, unafraid of sharing her own thoughts, ideas, and values.