Discovering the Goodlife ( Harn Addition) by jessica lien

Medium/Technique of the Artist

Taken in front of Francis Criss' Jefferson Market Courthouse

I came across Francis Criss' Jefferson Market Courthouse and was struck by the perspective. I saw the angles of the corner of the courthouse and was drawn in. Since I love math, the angles were particularly pleasing due to the uniformity of the corner street. This painting gives me a feeling of being content and allows me to carefully examine the rest of it.

Design of the Museum

Far wall with Louise Bourgeois' Ode a I'Oubli

This far wall of the museum enhanced my enjoyment of the hand-sewn and stitched cloth displayed above. To begin, the height of the walls could have appeared to be intimidating to the viewer, but the use of the blue lighting near the ceiling softens it. The lights also created a blue to white hombre leading the viewer's eyes towards the art below.

Art and Core Values

Seated Bodhisattva (left) X-rays of statue (right)

The Seated Bodhisattva did not appeal to me until I turned around and saw the x-rays of the the statue. Although the statue is from the 17th century and holds intricate details all along the surface, I was not attracted to it. However, x-rays showed me that there was more to the statute than just the surface. What the x-rays showed me was the balance between the surface and the hollowed out parts hidden inside. One of my core values is balance. In order to successfully create this statue, the artist had to find this balance of thickness in the wood to keep it strong enough to last while maintaining the hollowness inside to make it easier to move. Being involved with many different groups of people, I am constantly struggling to find a happy medium between these groups and keeping everyone happy. Balance is such an important value to have because without it, you could be missing out on some extraordinary people and experiences.

Art and the Good Life

Claude Monet's Champ d'avoine (Oat Field)

Claude Monet's Champ d'avoine was the painting that caught my eye when I visited the Harn Museum. This painting captures the majority of qualities that I believe defines the "Good Life". The painting has an easy-ness to it that first attracted me to further engage in it. This is demonstrated through the organic brush strokes purposefully shown through the bolder colors in the fore ground and extends even to the back ground's muted colors. I also thought that there was a balance between the Earth and sky indicated with the clear horizon line. Overall the Champ d'avoine makes the viewer think about gaining this balance in their lives and taking the time to stop and look at the scenery all around you.

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