Medium of the Art/Technique of the Artist: Senographer's Mind VIII, Elija-Liisa Ahtila
The fact that these piece of art is an actually picture of people, instead of just a depiction from an artists' mind, makes it more real and gives more emotion to the work. To me the film really communicated the beauty between baby and mother, and the special relationship that is evident on both ends. The baby's smile at the mother is the reward for the mother's hard work to raise this child, and while it may seem like such a small reward, in the end it is worth it. The artwork made me feel happy and appreciative of my own parents, and showed how much beauty there is in such small little moments that seem mundane on the surface. It made me want to look for more of these moments
Design of the Museum:
Most of the wings of the museum were very well lighted, and made to feel very important, including some that were put up on pedestals, but there was one that was just simply paintings all in a line on a wall, none of them seeming more important than the others and each with its unique individual message. The simplicity was the best part to me; It made the pieces of art seem more humble in a way, like they didn't need people to look at them, only those who were interested in what they had to say. The exhibit almost made me feel like each of the pieces were equal in quality. Each of them had to say some different, and what they had to say was equally important. It seemed to represent the many different ideas millions of people had each day, and say that even the hidden in society deserve a chance to speak their ideas.
Art and Core Values: Untitled, Carrie Mae Weems
One of my core values is making the best with what you have, and for me the piece below exemplifies that. One would expect an image of a mother and daughter with very little would be sad and depressing, but instead Weems' piece is more empowering, showing two people refusing to pity themselves and showing quiet strength. All they need is a light and a table to do what they need to, and they look as if they don't want to have anyone's handouts; this is the cards they were dealt,and they're going to deal with it. The artwork almost makes me motivated to be more appreciative of my life. It's easy to say one should make the best of what they have when they've been privileged all their life, but it is genuinely powerful to see people with almost nothing adhere to the same principle.
Art and the Good Life: Chelsea Composite II, Yvonne Jacquette
The good life theme, or mores question depicted in the piece below is that of how one can stand out in such a large crowd. At some level, everyone desires to be noticed, but in such a large world standing out is a tall order. The piece below makes the city seem daunting, swallowing up almost everyone, so that only a little piece of the street can even be seen. it's message is that it takes a lot to stand out in a world with billions fighting to be just as special as you. This piece definitely makes me appreciate uniqueness more, but it also makes me appreciate the common man more, those who cannot stand out. Those are the people who get blocked by the buildings in the picture, and yet lay the groundwork for those recognized ion society. Without those in the shadows, there would be no-one in the spotlight.