Art and Core Values: This artwork is made in Africa within the country of Mali by women and it is known as bazin. This bazin, or cloth, really caught my attention because one of my core values is hard work. A piece of art such as this one must have taken someone hours, if not days to put together. Thinking about the hard work the artist put into this piece reminds me of the hard work my mother put into raising me. She took pride in me, and wanted me to become the best that I could similar to the way the African women do with their art. They take great pride in what reflects their name, and it shows in this piece.
Art and the Good Life: One of the themes we have talked about in this class is sharing the good life. I felt that this aerial print developed by Melanie Smith captured the theme of sharing the good life. This picture over a large city shows just how big this world is in reality. I think the way that Smith was able to mirror the aerial print helps to give the viewer a sense that their world is not so different from everyone else in this city. Everyone's struggle is shared in some way with another person's life. We don't struggle or succeed on our own, but we share in every experience.