Harn Museum CJ Kaplan

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Photo Credits: CJ Kaplan

In "Woman's Wedding Ensemble," by the Amazigh People of Siwa Egypt shows the medium of textiles. This represents the intricate design, and small detail that embodies this garment that is used for a woman's 7 day wedding ceremony. Seeing it up close allowed me to really see the fabric and how light weight it actually was, which makes sense since Egypt is a desert. It was very interesting to me how this something from the 20th century, and while this was the past, this was never a part of a typical wedding ceremony in America. The detail on this piece of art is carefully placed because it's handmade. This type of art allows for more women to enter the workplace and becomes embroiders, which creates a better society for everyone. I felt that this piece signified something very significant, since it appears very delicate and fragile with each stitch. Thus, I thought wearing this garment would be an empowering act, a transition of a special occasion, like a wedding, as would a gown at a graduation.

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This part of the Museum was called the "Intra-Action: Women Artist from the Harn Museum." This was the foyer of the building, and it was very appealing, and inviting as soon as I walked through the entrance. The open floor plan made it seem like I could have my space to read the art, and stand back and look at it without worrying of bumping into other visitors. Also the art was sectioned off by artist, or collection which made it very easy to look at the work as a whole. The natural lighting, and hardwood floors made me feel like these pieces were of high value, and had a lot of respect towards the artist's work. I felt very studious and intellectual as I read perspectives from a variety of views.

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This piece called, "Guerilla Girls," represents the sexualization of women in society. This makes me saddened by the truth of the factual statistics that people under-appreciate the women's work unless it's their naked body. I think everyone should be represented equally, and this clearly shows that there is a divide in society and value of art. The guerilla head represents that a women could be as ugly as a guerilla, but as long as she is nude, she is considered art and should be shown off to the world. This helps me to see that there is awareness about this issue, and I'm not the only bothered by this negative attention.

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This photograph, "Tiergarten, Berlin, July 1" is a picture of a young girl crying to look effortless, yet she is shown as trying to achieve the "effortless" look. This is similar to the theme of embodying. The ideology of being connected with self. The thought of understanding our identities and coming to acceptance of that. Many teenagers, including the one photographed, feels the uncomfortableness in growing up and figuring out their morals and beliefs in life, and the way they want to presented to the world. I appreciate the theme of embodying because I think it's important to be happy with who you are, and not try to be someone you're not.


Created with images by kuratowa_1 - "New East Asian Art wing at the Harn Museum."

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