The artwork shown above appeals to my core value of diversity and acceptance of religions and cultural traditions. This piece of art's color and usage, which was shown in a video, were quite foreign to me. After reading the signs, I was able to understand that these dresses were used for entertainment in masquerades. After understanding that, I was able to make the connection, and see what the Ghanian people see - an entertain outfit when moved swiftly. This artwork did not create any emotion in me. I originally was confused as to what it was, but then eventually felt comfortable with this "culture shock" once I understood its purpose. Art like this helped me understand what I believe or cherish by testing my values. In a way, the art piece tested me to see if I would judge it and attach stigmas to it, however, I did not. This little test reaffirms that I believe in diversity and acceptance of cultural traditions.
Art and the Good Life
Myself viewing "Three girls holding hands" -- by Evan Hauser
The Good Life theme depicted in this piece of art is Social Justice and/or Social Responsibility. This picture of three girls in poverty-stricken Brazil emphasize the political oppression and desperation of their situation. It provokes my thoughts. Are these children? They are children.. Are they happy? No, they are not smiling. Why are they not smiling? It makes me think of fortunate I am to have the things that I have, and that I do not need to worry about finances at all. It also makes me feel bad though that I am not helping these girls, and it makes me think about social responsibility. Am I the one who is supposed to take care of these girls? That's a tough decision there, but then the next question is how do I help them? And, how much should I help them?