This piece is a Japanese ceramic stoneware sculpture by the artist, Akiyama. Viewing the ceramic in person allowed me to experience the meticulous details that were prominent along the surface of the artwork. This experience is only possible by seeing the stoneware in person. In addition, the lighting in the room compliments the rigid designs on the surface of the sculpture giving the audience a more dramatic appreciation for the artist's effort. I feel that experiencing Akiyama's sculpture in person helped me sympathize with the energy that the artist dedicated for his work.
This hall decorated with civil rights posters of the past. The layout of the displays along the walls and the expanse of the hallway instills the sense of the passage of time within the audience. I feel that I am slowly passing through the history of the civil rights movements as I encounter each poster and banner. The significance of the environment surrounding the art pieces is exemplified in this scenario. I would not have felt the same effect if I simply viewed these posters from online or from a book.
This piece of work helped me understand the connection between the artist and the art. Visual art is a way of expressing one's feeling. As I encountered this poster and absorbed its message, I can to some extent place my thoughts into the original artist's perspective. The artist's goal is to share his or her value with the audience. This poster helped me appreciate the value of the hard-working women who initiated the movements for equality.
In my perspective, I believe that the Good Life theme is portrayed in the qualities of this Buddha sculpture. This is a Korean Buddha. I, however, originate from a Thai culture, which has its own "version" of the Buddha form. Experiencing this different form of the Buddha sculpture made me wonder how valuable this specific artwork is to followers of different denominations of Buddhism. I concluded that the message that this art is sending is to follow whatever path you prefer to achieve the Good Life, but also be mindful of the path that others choose. I may be unfamiliar with the philosophies of the Korean culture but appreciating and respecting its intention is essential for my goal of becoming someone who strives for the Good Life.