Black Flame, TANAKA Tomomi, 2015
TANAKA Tomomi is a Japanese artist who came to realization that sculpting was her passion through playing around with clay. This sculpture, "Black Flame," was given as a gift from a couple, but it stood out to me for several different reasons. Most of the sculptures Tomomi creates are out of clay, but the detailing and patience it took to create; "Black Flame" must have taken hours complete. At first glance, I saw roses throughout the sculpture. But as I observed more and more, I realized it was the spark of a fire. The lines are so intricately made. Throughout the sculpture, you are able to the dedication and determination invested in the artwork.
Walking through the museum and finding this exhibit through two double doors, I almost fell in love. Feminism is a theme in my life that is very close to my heart. The fact that this part of the museum was off to the side, architecture wasn't the first priority, and it took some meandering to find the exhibit is saddening. Women are such important part of life, and to just have two single walls is diminuitive. One wall filled with a poster which was plastered on, and the other wall filled with art works depicting a story. The fact that the walls are built with dimensions shows the some importance and exhibits the complexity of women. By far, my favorite exhibit of all the museums I have visited.
The Mirror, Helen Hyde, 1904
The Mirror is done by an American Artist, Helen Hyde, who was inspired by attending an exhibition and was affected by the works of Mary Cassatt. In the reflection in the mirror, the baby is shown with joy and happiness as he sees his reflection. The painting was also inspired by Japanese woodblock prints. A technique of painting very popular in Japan at the time. This artwork sparks my emotions and core values. In the future, I hope to have my own family and have children. Growing up as a child, I was very close to an Asian family and babysat their children. My hispanic culture was incorporated into their Asian traditions. My core values here are shown through love and family.
Tokyo Street with Pachinko Parlor II, Yvonne Jacquette, 1985
Each person has different points of view, perceptions, and opinions. What I consider a "Good Life," someone could think that my views are completely crazy. People and cities have always been attractive to me. I have always been in love with the rush of people running off a subway or the way the lights flicker on Times Square. Tokyo is such a industrialized and populated city, I can only dream of going there. This piece of art can help others visualize their pleasures, exemplifies others helping others, or can show how solitary a life can be. A painting can show all the emotions, and it all depends how you depict them.