Tour of the Harn Museum Natalie Morrison

Medium of the Art / Technique of the Artist

This particular piece of art work comes from a Horvitz Collection of Contemporary Japanese Ceramics. This collection features artist who explore outside traditional Japanese art. Featuring pieces of art work from functional ceramics to surface treatment to sculptural form. In the picture that I have featured above this picture does not do this piece of art work justice. Yes, you can see some groves and can clearly tell it is a three-dimensional sculpture. However, it does not compare to seeing this piece with your own eyes. Looking at it I could se every grove, ridge, and angle. I could see how the pieces three-dimensional features made it look like it was coming off of the wall. While I was studying this piece I was trying to figure out how it could have been made. Personally, I believe he made this sculpture with his thumb. All of those groves look like individual thumb streaks. Then, I stepped back and thought about how long it would take to make all of those individual thumb steaks. This piece piece of art work intrigues me because it seems like it is something s simple. All it is is a slab of, maybe, clay with, possibly, some thumb prints. So, how does someone make something so simple look so beautiful. If I were to see this is someones house I would of never of guess it would be a famous sculpture. It communicated to me that we can find beauty in the simplest things. Its not so much of the physical beauty of the sculpture but instead the beauty of knowing the hard work this artist put in to create this symbolic piece. This piece originally made me feel confusion but once i began to study it, it made me feel compassionate and proud toward the artist for his work.

Design of the Museum
Design of the Museum

The David A. Cofin Asian Art Wing was my favorite part of the museum. The reason this is my favorite part of the museum is because is is a secluded room on the side of the museum. Then once you walk in it opens up to a big window with a view of a beautiful Asian garden that lights up the whole room. I like being outdoors and seeing nature, which is why the view of the garden was very memorizing to me. It actually made me want to travel to Asia to see real Asian gardens. Also, the Asian Wing consisted of mostly religious icons and sculptures which played a major role in Asian art work as early as the 1st century. I was raised Catholic and it has always interested me on how my religious traditions are different from others. I noticed a lot of elephant pieces in the Asian Wing. I personally love elephants so that is why they caught my eye. I collect elephants with their trunks up because if you face them towards the door of the room you have them in it brings good vibes to the room. This room as a whole gave me a very positive feeling, considering i spent most of my time in there looking at the sculptures.

Art and Core Values

This was a series that pictured men and women who had recently returned from Iraq or Afghanistan by Suzanne Opton. These men and women had just gotten home and were preparing to be deployed again. These photographs are simply a head shot of a single man or woman with their head rested on a table. As I was studying this series so many emotions were running through me. I felt fear, love, loss, hate, desire, sorrow and etc. The soldiers in these pictures seemed so vulnerable and tired. It made me realize how traumatizing war can be to our fellow soldiers. As I was staring at these pictures I sympathized for them, not even being able to imagine the things they had seen or gone through. Thinking about how they have to leave their families and watch close friends die. Staring at these pictures made me want to stop our soldiers from going to war and wish out nation was peaceful.

Art and the Good Life
Art and the Good Life

This series consists of photographs of one of the most photographed woman in the world, Frida Kahlo. Photographers loved her because of her humor, charm, and unique beauty behind the camera. From what I saw in the pictures Frida Kahlo lived a fabulous life. However, interestingly noted, only one of her pictures was in color while the rest were photographed in black and white. So, I asked one of the women of the museum to explain to me why they were like that. She brought me around the exhibit a second time and told me to pay close attention to what was in the pictures. While she refused to give me a straight answer, I came to my own conclusion. Frida Kahlo's self portrait was shown in bright color, inferring that she was this bright magnificent woman. When people heard her name they thought of a woman with a glamorous life. However, the pictures of her doing all these extravagant things are in black and white, inferring that maybe these things to her weren't all that great. For example, how millionaires can have it all but still be empty and unhappy. This is exactly how I believe Frida felt. Which is why those other photographs are in black and white. This relates to the Good Life theme of how we are suppose to seek the good life. In order to seek the good life it ones not necessarily mean we have to have all of the best things in the world. Frida is a perfect example of someone who has it all and is still not happy. Seeking the good life involves finding your own happiness, not what the work thinks is "happiness" (fame and fortune). We have to let go of our attachments to material things in order to be completely happy. Otherwise, like Frida, nothing will ever be good enough for us.

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