Design of the Museum: This piece of artwork was displayed in the Contemporary Collection of the Harn and it was the first piece of artwork that I saw when I walked into the museum. The title of the artwork was cloth (bazin) and bazin is the native name of the textile in Mali and other countries in Africa and it is made by women. It struck me as appealing because it was intricately woven and I was drawn to the colors. When I first walked into the Contemporary Collection I noticed the artwork that originated in Africa first because it was right in front as you walk through the doors. I enjoyed seeing the hand-dyed cotton cloth as well as the other handmade items to the left of it. This specific wall that had the handmade items on it made me appreciate all of the things that I have, especially the handmade items that I have from my grandmother.
Art and Core Values: This piece of artwork is titled the Bridge over River at Jehol, Manchuria. This resonated with my core values because Manchuria is a part of China and I was adopted from China at a very young age. I found that this reflected my core value of being Chinese because the painting is based on a part of China, although it is not where I was born, it is still Chinese like me. This painting instilled in me the feeling of gratitude because I am thankful for my Chinese roots, but more than anything I am glad that my parents decided to adopt me from China; that they wanted a Chinese child over any other nationality because it led me here to UF and the life that I haven now.
Medium of the Art: This oil painting is titled Tokyo Street with Pachinko Parlor II and the artist was portraying the vibrant and chaotic scene of the city from an aerial view. A pachinko parlor, according to the description beside the painting, is a noisy and colorful arcade where players try to win a game that's a cross between pinball and a video slot machine. I enjoyed seeing this piece in person because I loved the vibrant colors that it had and the fact that it was of Tokyo, I would love to visit Tokyo one day. The vibrant colors of this painting are what I found striking and how they contrast with the darker shading near the edges of the painting. The artwork made me feel like I was a part of that bustling city and that I actually do want to experience that one day.
Art and the Good Life: Within the Asian Collection part of the Harn, there was this statue of the Seated Buddha and I believe that this encompasses the theme of the good life perfectly. I was drawn to this statue to represent the good life because in Siddhartha, the Buddha is mentioned and usually the first thought when one hears the name Buddha, they think of nirvana. A place of peace and serenity. This statue of the seated Buddha reflects the idea of the good life because the Buddha is portrayed as peaceful and in meditation. Seeking to escape the corruption of the real world or to escape it in a sense that he is trying to understand it from another perspective.