Tour of the Harn a good life presentation

Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art has been a resource for students since 1990. It is considered one of the largest university musea in the US and has a wide range of different art pieces. According to the University of Florida , the museum includes Precolumbian ceramics, African sculpture, Oceanic objects, arts of India, contemporary painting and sculpture, interactive media center and American paintings, prints, photographs and drawings. All of these combine together to create a diverse, yet memorable journey through the life and feeling of different artists throughout history.

Source:, cover picture taken by Alex Silva

Nets-Infinity (TWOS), Yayoi Kusama, 2004, Acrylic on canvas, both pictures taken by Alex Silva

Although simple, Yayoi Kusama was able to catch my interest with his painting. The paint is smeared in a thick layer on the canvas, creating a thick plane resembling roaring hills. It almost reminds me of a younger personality so eager to discover the world that he forgets about the delicate touch of a hand. The painting is also only created one type of paint, meaning that even though it might appear to have been painted in a hurry, each stroke is justified. This element of serenity within chaos can be seen in the white spots that are evenly distributed throughout the picture. I think what I liked most about the picture was that on the outside, it looks very plain, but as you look further into the texture and thought behind it, it tells a story of youth and eagerness.

Stone Garden in the Harn Museum, both pictures taken by Alex Silva

I think my favourite place within the whole museum has to have been the stone garden. It was a quiet, secluded space and decorated with beautiful rocks and patterns. I have always enjoyed Japanese culture when it comes to dedication and patience. Although I have not seen many stone gardens before, I used to have a bonsai tree and highly respect the work and effort that goes into building a place like this. I also think that the garden was a nice addition to the already diverse museum, displaying an important part of Japanese culture.

Damun Cheonwang (Guardian of the North), Tongdosa Temple, Yangsan South Gyeonsang Province, South Korea, Photo: Jason Steuber, both pictures taken by Alex Silva

It might seem strange that I would choose this picture to be the one to reflect my core values, but the reason is justified. This summer I went to China with a friend, and when we were there, we decided to visit an ancient Chinese temple. In this temple, we found figures exactly like the one displayed in the picture. Therefore, this picture resonates the feeling of diversity within me. I have been exposed to many different cultures throughout my childhood, and hopefully I will continue to do so in my upcoming adventures, only the future will tell.

Refined Silk: Kyoto Wave (Neriginu: Kyo No Nami), 2015, TSUBOI Asuka, picture taken by Carsten Bing

The good life for me is appreciating the imperfections in life and accepting that not everything that you do is going to be perfect. Refined Silk by TSUBOI Asuka I think represents this thought well. The sculpture is made out of beautiful patterns, but just like life, there are so many different patterns, so many different backgrounds. The pot itself is also not pure, it is crooked, contains edges, is not completely smooth, but it is still very pretty. This I think is something that we all can learn from, that life is made out of many different ways, many different backgrounds, but not matter how you twist and turn it, as long as you are satisfied with the final product, it will still turn out pretty.

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