My Experience through the Harn Museum of Art Mackenzie pierce

These small, intricate figures immediately caught my eye when I walked into the David A. Cofrin Asian Art Wing. Each piece of the collection was cut from a different type of stone, for example, the piece in the left picture was carved in jade. Seeing this work in person made me really appreciate the beauty and detail in it. The amount of elaborate work carved into the jade was very striking to me, the picture does not do it justice. I did not expect any of the art work to make me feel anything, but the Boulder with Figures in Landscape made me feel small in a weird way because of how beautiful it was. The smallness I felt is ironic considering the piece was barely the size of my hand. It communicated to me a sense of patience, all of the designs in the jade had to have taken a lot of time and diligence.

My favorite wing of the Harn was by far the Highlights from the Modern Collection. I liked multiple pieces of art in this collection, specifically the iridescent vases. I really enjoyed all of the colors in this area of the museum and I think that is why I was drawn to it. My favorite painting was Northeast Gorge at Appledore, which was created by Childe Hassam using oil on canvas. It first caught my eye because of the rocks and pretty blue water, but when you look closely you see a man trying to climb up the rocks. This intrigued me because even within all of the beauty of the water and landscape, there was still someone struggling and I think that this is often true in life- sometimes we are so wrapped up in our own successes that we do not notice others who need help. Overall, this exhibit made me feel very at peace, there weren't any big sculptures or any other art demanding attention, I was drawn to a lot of the art because it wasn't so in my face.

One of my core values is awareness, which sounds kind of strange but I believe that it is important to be mindful of those around you, that way you know when they need to lean on you or need words of encouragement. I think this aerial picture of Mexico City, taken by Melanie Smith, really embodies my core value. It gives you a unique perspective of the entire city, and I think this is how we should look at life- with a broader perspective that includes everyone, instead of just ourselves. Think of all the things we could learn if we paid just a little bit more attention to those around us. The picture gets hazy towards the edges and I think this is a metaphor of how the further away we are from people, the less clearly we see them. This artwork instilled a sense of purpose in me- purpose to view the world more broadly and openly.

Ode a I' Oubli conveys the good life theme that there is meaning in suffering. It is a hand-sewn and stitched cloth book created by Louise Bourgeois. According to the description next to the art, Bourgeois had a traumatic child- this suffering allowed her to find meaning in life and in expressing herself through her artwork. Most of the pictures are colorful and gentle, but there was one frame that really stuck out to me, it read "I had a flashback of something that never existed." This made me wonder if she had a scary flashback of something she had only imagined out of fear, or if it was a memory she fantasized of because she never got to experience happiness. This quote, along with Bourgeois' background translated the good life theme to me. Seeing her artwork made it easier for me to picture suffering and how it is translated into meaning.

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