Medium/ Technique :
The piece, "Night Light" by Yvonne Jacquette, displays a top corner view of the bustling nighttime life of a New York City street, in the late 1960s, with the use of vivid colors and relatively thick brush strokes, she evokes an energetic feeling. Seeing the artwork in person allowed me to understand what the artist saw through her eyes, of the what New York City life was like for her. The rush of the taxi cabs, the bright beams of light shining through each billboard, and the people setting up for the activities that are about to begin as while the night is just starting. Yvonne saw the city at its most purest form and through observing the artwork face to face, I now see what her "night light" was while walking through the streets of the city in her time and seeing that not much has changed for the city has allowed me to appreciate what Yvonne was trying to portray. The medium of the artwork is what I found the most striking and appealing to me because each stroke of paint adds a certain texture to the painting which allows the artwork to really come to life and to me, communicated that times have not changed very much when it comes to New York City; that New York City will always be a timeless and everlasting city in the world. The painting gave me the feeling of hope and optimism for the future to come.
Design of the Museum:
Art and Core Values: Frida Khalo
(The picture is of me standing next to the self portrait of Frida Khalo)
Frida Khalo's self portrait appealed to my core value of independence and strength. This portrait is of a young Frida Khalo, in front of floral background, with her hair braided at the top of her head and clothed, sitting down in a long black dress. She wears this serious yet comforting look on her face that is so powerful. I found that by looking at her portrait, that she held this kind of strength within in herself which kept her strong and confidant. She holds her chin up not afraid of the world or the judgments that surround it; she is just allowing herself to be open with who she is, which is what this portrait has allowed me to explore and appreciate from that core value. This portrait makes me feel brave and confident, allowing me to believe and understand that I can do anything that I have faith in myself to do as long as I follow my own path and not let criticism stand in my way.
Art and The Good Life: