Good Life Tour of the Harn Lisa Lam

Technique of the Artist

Monet, Claude. Champ d'avoine (Oat Field). 1890. Oil on Canvas, Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL. By Lisa Lam. "I and the Champ d'avoine (Oat Field)." 2017. JPEG.

One of my favorite pieces at the Harn was Claude Monet's painting Champ d'avoine (Oat Field) particularly because of the artist's technique. During the 19th century, an artist movement called Impressionism occurred. Impressionism consists of using small brush strokes so that from afar, the image looks whole and quite detailed. However, when you look closely at the painting, you couldn't tell that each painted brush stroke was apart of the oak field, or a switch from the foreground to the middle ground and to the back ground. Compared to seeing impressionism online or in pictures, it is hard to see the small brush strokes that make up the entire painting. Going to the museum, I was able to see the layered strokes and the gradual change in shades as the light in the room hit the painting. Personally being an artist and a museum goer, techniques like these have me in awe because the amount of skills needed to paint such a detailed pic yet with what seems like a simplistic movement of the wrist and some color. Monet's oak field painting was peaceful to look at. I think this is because of his use of soft pastel colors that remind me of the peacefulness of the fields when no one is there.

Design of the Museum

Lam, Lisa. "In the Asian Collection & Asian Garden of the Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL." 2017. JPEG.

During my tour of the Harn, one of the wings that appealed to me the most was the Cofrin Asian Art Wing. This particular exhibit stood out to me because of the use of space, natural, lighting, and the wood paneling on the floor and walls. With art pieces from various Asian countries such as China, India, Japan, and overall Central and Southeast Asia, the spacious room allows visitors to feel like they are moving from one area of Asia to another. The natural lighting coming from the glass windows and doors assisted with the natural look of the rustic and soft colors of the ceramic pieces. The natural light captures the small details of the designs on the ceramic pieces and incense boxes. Moreover, I thought the addition of the Asian Garden added more to this wing. It was a contrast in viewing the man-made objects of Asian culture while seeing the natural world of Asian plants and rocks. This wing made me feel nostalgic for the days I would visit Vietnam when I was young. I am also inspired to look into more Asian-inspired ceramics and possibly attempt to create similar art work.

Art & Core Values

Guerrilla Girls. THE ADVANTAGES OF BEING A WOMAN ARTIST:. 1890. Print, Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL. By Lisa Lam. "I and THE ADVANTAGES OF BEING A WOMAN ARTIST:" 2017. JPEG.

Pictured above is the Guerrilla Girls exhibit. I found this collection of facts, writings, and satirical images relevant to one my core values, equality. This exhibit portrayed the inequality of women's artwork that are put on display or simply acknowledged at various institutes or in public. Being an artist myself, I wasn't aware of this inequality until I saw this exhibit and it has deepen my understanding that inequality also exists in artistry. I never thought about this before but it definitely caught my attention. On one of the printed texts, an advantage of being a women artist was "working without the pressure of success". I found that statement to be quite satirical; it has encouraged me to continue to fight for equality in every aspect of my life so that women are seen equally as successful as men. This exhibit brought awareness to an issue that needs to be advertised more. The fact that women are underrepresented for their work makes me want to work harder in what I'm studying in school and to be acknowledged for what I have done. This furthered my appreciation for the freedom that I have now but also makes me what to draw people's attention to the many women artists that are not recognized.

Art & Good Life

Weems, Carrie Mae. Untitled, from the Kitchen Table Series, 1990/2010. 1990/2000. Gelatin silver print, Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL. By Lisa Lam. "I and the Untitled, from the Kitchen Table Series, 1990/2010" 2017. JPEG.

In this particular image, I thought it reminded me of the theme "Thinking about the Good Life. In this photograph, there is a single mother and her daughter in their daily life. Carrie Mae Weems, in this series, attempts to depict what experiences we may go through like "love, loss, motherhood, and ultimately solitude and self reliance". This specific quote reminded me of the theme "Thinking about the Good Life" because when we are thinking about what a Good Life is, we think about what experiences we will face. It reminded me of the "This is Water" video by David Foster Wallace. Whether you may have dealt with loss or struggling with solitude, it is ultimately your mindset and how you view things that will shape your perspective on the good life. It is unclear whether or not the lady pictured is happy with being a single mother and despite facing some sort of loss but it makes us wonder and think about the life that we want and what we consider what a good life is.

Made with Adobe Slate

Make your words and images move.

Get Slate

Report Abuse

If you feel that this video content violates the Adobe Terms of Use, you may report this content by filling out this quick form.

To report a Copyright Violation, please follow Section 17 in the Terms of Use.