Medium of the Art/ Technique of the Artist: As you can see, this is a selfie of me, but what's behind me, is Audrey Flack's Islandia, Goddess of the Healing Waters (1988). Seeing this artwork in person helped me better understand and appreciate it because I feel the imagery of this statue is just more powerful/mesmerizing up close, in person. Composed of polychrome and gilded plaster, it will most likely be the first thing you notice in the room. The artist drew inspiration from classical sculpture, something that tends to catch my eye since I took an art history course my senior year of high school. One aspect of classical sculpture is harmonious proportions, another thing that is best viewed in person. What I found most striking was the strong stance of the woman and the vibrant color scheme. This vibrant color scheme communicates strength and dignity, which made me feel stronger as a woman.
Design of the Museum: The wing of the museum that caught my eye was the Korean Art: Collecting Treasures exhibit because was an open space, with a nice representation of Asian culture. The lighting was great, as light shown in naturally from the gardens outside. This put emphasis on the two large statues in the room. I loved the way this exhibit was arranged as it contributed to the peace I felt while walking through this beautiful room. Additionally, a statue of Buddha was in the room, he is a symbol for peace. I think this space was designed with Feng Shui in mind. The whole natural atmosphere of the room was something I really enjoyed during this visit to the Harn. Additionally, the natural lighting really highlighted the beauty of the artworks in the room, as well as the gardens being within view.
Art and Core Values: The Estrogen Bomb Update was another piece that really caught my eye. The message on the artwork is really interesting. "Drop it on the superpowers and the guys in charge will throw down their big guns, hug each other, apologize, and start to work on human rights, education, health care and an end to income inequality." This artwork appeals to one of my core values which is the effort of continuous betterment of society. This artwork also provides the notion that women are extremely valuable. I was able to draw from it that women should have more input in the larger decisions made, as we think differently than men do. Instead of a hinderance, this artwork looks at it as a positive thing. The imagery of the "estrogen bomb" hurling towards earth is saying that the world needs more input from women. I think women should be heard more on large matters. Additionally, this brings up equality issues that we face today. I would consider equality part of my core values as it plays a big role in the society we live in.
Art and the Good Life: This is Yvonne Jacquette's Tokyo Street with Pachinko Parior II (1985). It is an oil on canvas. I think this artwork represents the good life because it expresses a chaotic image upon first glance, but if one looks closer, there is a sense of stillness and peace. This scene depicts a pachinko prior in Tokyo. This painting reminds me of the good life theme of pseudo- peace, or peace from within. The artwork communicates this theme through its use of color and lighting. "Jacquette's bright and impressionistic painting captures the neon light and dazzling quality..." The vibrant city has a lot going on in it, but that stillness to it evokes the feeling of inner peace and silence. This artwork adds to my appreciation of the theme of inner peace in that gives me an abstract way to view, as well as through a beautiful image.