A Journey Through the Harn By JOE MCCOY

Medium of the Art: This piece of art conveys the struggles that many of our veterans face when it comes to post-traumatic stress syndrome. One of my cousins has gone to Afghanistan a few times for months at a time and has told me the grueling the stories he has experienced. Seeing this painting in person allowed me to have a visual representation of this phenomena. This is the only way for something that can not be physically seen to be fully understood by someone else. Normal occurrences that happen that we will not even flinch at cause incomprehensible terror to those that we admire most. I felt a major sense of appreciation for our soldiers. They have the toughest job in the world that causes future struggles that no other occupation can even compare. However, the service that they do is absolutely necessary allows all of us to live the lives that we do.

Design of the Museum: My favorite wing of the museum was the Asian sector in the back of the museum. It was quite spacious and each statue expressed many different cultural aspects. The statue above shows a hodgepodge of different asian cultures. Another interesting aspect was the view of the zen garden outside. This allowed for me to feel fully immersed in the different culture I was studying. The big statue in the beginning surrounded by the smaller statues was a deliberate choice. What I was reminded of was when I would watch one of my favorite shows as a kid, "Avatar, The Last Airbender," and asian based show. Whenever the characters entered any sort of museum or monument it had a similar layout. In essence, it was the use of space and arrangement of art that sparked my appreciation.

Art and Core Values: This piece of artwork appeals to my core value of self-expression. It may not seem as if this piece of work would be very relatable to a white college student. But, it shows to me pride in one's own culture. The voodoo vibe that this statue shows a culture that I have never seen in person. It teleports me to a different world where I can experience something completely new. Being complacent with the knowledge of one's own culture prohibits the ability for empathy. We do not get to fully understanding other's culture without the use of art.

Art and the Good Life: The Good Life and aesthetic art are interconnected. Art acts as a medium to portray a message that can only be fully expressed without words. Words are a restriction on the freedom of expression. The subtle messages that are not explicitly stated allow for open interpretation that can distinguish what kind of person someone is. Our experiences shape our views and is the reason why some people can look at the same piece of art and have different messages expressed to them. With books and text, it is difficult to allow for this spectrum of interpretation. The journey towards the Good Life are very personal and relative, which coincides with the philosophy of art. The artwork above personally relates the Good Life. Others might just see it as a simple painting, but this painting just makes me feel good. It is aesthetic to my eyes and there does not need to be a deeper meaning. The lack of complex thought in this picture is actually what I enjoy most about it. Being able to simply lay my eyes on it and feel bliss is why this painting embodies the Good Life.

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