Tour of the Harn by Raffae Ahmad

The Design of the Museum

The David A. Cofrin Asian art wing appealed to me the most. In comparison to the rest of the museum I felt that this wing had a warmth that the other exhibits did not have. Whether it was the large windows in the back letting in sunlight or the wood paneling it felt less sterile, as if the wing was a part of the art that it held. The wing is connected to a beautiful and peaceful garden which allows you to take a break from the silence of the museum and hear the flowing water in the pond. The way the museum is designed makes the wing feel like a destination instead of another exhibit to walk through.

Art And Core Values

Champ d’avoine by Claude Monet certainly struck a chord with me. The serene landscape of the poppy field directly correlated with my sense of inner peace. This scene reminded me of wind blowing across tall grass with an almost wave like appearance. The field of poppies just go with the flow, an idea that I heavily relate to. Maybe to a fault at times I am very much of the idea of just going with the flow and seeing where that takes me. I believe not being able to see the finish line makes life more enjoyable and unexpected. Also being able to be comfortable in situations where you don’t know the outcome is a very useful skill in my opinion. This does not mean to not put in maximum effort to achieve what you desire but at a certain point taking a step back and letting things run their course.

Medium of the Art

It is difficult to truly comprehend the detail and depth of a sculpture without being able to see it in person. Islandia, Goddess of the Healing Waters by Audrey Flack is an incredibly detailed and vibrant sculpture. If one was to see this in a photograph they would miss the reflection of the light against the gold of the wings. The plaster skirt seems as if it was made of fabric. Her face on the other hand is plain with no defining features and is fixed in a blank stare ahead. The posture in which the Goddess is in conveys motion as if she was getting ready to hit something. In her hand, she holds a rose. The delicate nature of it makes one think what it is supposed to symbolize, is it a gesture of healing? One would not be able to see all the care that went into this sculpture or the scale of it if not in person.

Art and the Good Life

As a society, we hold a special place for children, we view them as innocent and helpless. It is because of this that we tend to weigh their lives greater than someone older. It is the unknown nature of what a child is going to do with their lives that makes us feel such loss. In this photograph, Belinda Chick and Clock, Alessandra Sanguinetti is trying to portray the vulnerability and care that a child has. We tend to become cynical as we grow up and mature but children always have an almost whimsical view of the world. The photograph conveys the affection Belinda has for the chick. Why do we lose this affection for the world? Never completely of course but we attempt to shelter ourselves maybe to not get hurt. This adds to the idea that one should be vulnerable at times specially in relationships. To open ourselves up like a child allows us to have deeper experiences and connections.

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Belinda, Chick and Clock by Alessandra Sanguinetti Islandia, Goddess of the Healing Water by Audrey Flack Champ d'avoine by Claude Monet

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