The Good Life at the Harn Musuem Emily Mason

Nancy Graves, American, 1940-1995, Bronze with patina and glass

Medium of the Art

The artwork by Nancy Grace takes various objects to form one piece. As you can see in the image, Grace takes music notes, a star pattern, a horseshoe crab, stained glass, and other elements to make a unique sculpture. I thought this was very interesting because she incorporated different pieces to make a beautiful sculpture that I believe describes some of Grace’s favorite things. From this sculpture, I believe that Grace loved music and mystery and wildlife. This artwork made me feel that even though things can be very different from each other, they all can work together in some way.

Scenographer's Mind VIII, 2002, Two chromogenic development prints, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Finnish, born 1959

Art and the Good Life

The Good Life to me would be having a career that was not just for the income but also made me happy. So far in my architecture schooling, I have been very happy to create models and drawings that are similar to this image. This image shows an architectural study of how spaces can make you comfortable and that this comfort can bring you happiness. I am extremely excited for my career to begin in architecture and this image is a reminder of the possibilities my career will have.

Design of the Museum

The Cofrin Asian Art Wing is incredible because once you enter the wooden room, the light pours in from wall of windows that reveals a mystical garden. The use of light allows for the artwork in the wing to be illuminated and have a more natural appearance. Also, the wooden walls and flooring transition into the outdoor garden very nicely and bring unity to the space. This space made me feel comforted and relaxed as I viewed each art piece.

Frida in Bed with Dog, 1949, Gelatin silver print, Hector Garcia, Mexican, 1923-2012

Art and Core Values

This picture of Frida in bed with a dog represents the love I have for animals, especially dogs. One of my core values is to love every animal and care for them because most are unwanted and unloved. Seeing this image of Frida loving her dog warms my heart because even though the dog is scruffy, she still gives him the attention the dog deserves. This image helps me better understand that all animals need love and I need to be more proactive in giving this love to the animals I encounter.

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