Harn Museum of Art Alice Rodriguez

Medium of the Art / Technique of the Artist: This piece is called Traces by Viye Diba. The artist is Senegalese. What I found so fascinating about this piece of work, was that it had this incredible texture and almost three-dimensional quality about it. In the description, it says the piece was made using, "discarded materials from the streets of Dakar that showed traces of human use." Seeing it up close was really interesting because it was like being in Dakar and knowing that real people on the other side of the world played there part in making it, made me feel connected to them somehow. Also the description mentions that Diba made this after seeing the effects of the genocide in Rwanda in 2004 and that this art was, "evidence and witness of the inhumanity, chaos, and violence." Of course, I have never experienced for myself what a genocide looks like or feels like, but Diba uses the grittiness, the dirt like texture, and the small blue patches to give the viewer the impression of how catastrophic and damaging a genocide can be to any form of life.
Design of the Museum: This exhibit is the Cofrin Asian Art Wing. It was certainly one my favorite exhibits because going into the open, naturally lit room, I felt a sense of serenity and calm that I hadn't felt in the other exhibits. The art was spread out and each piece captured my individual attention which was pleasing and allowed me to focus on appreciating the finer details. The garden was absolutely beautiful with its large, green leafy plants and colorful flowers. Also the flowing water was very fitting and peaceful. It gave off the impression of a world apart from the museum, a piece of art not made by man, but by nature. In addition, the exhibit had a wide variety of art that ranged from size and country of origin. Right in front of the garden were these two huge sculptures made of wood and stone that made even me feel small. Then on the edges of the exhibit were these small pieces of art, like teacups and mini glass sculptures. Overall, I loved how diverse the art was and it made me feel at peace, which I enjoyed.
Art and Core Values: This sculpture is called Family, by Agustin Cardenas. It's composition is bronze with brown patina and it was made in 1991. Before even reading the description, this art reminded me of one of my core values which is family. When I looked at it, I saw a perfect family. A mother, a father , and a child. At first it made me unhappy, because I knew that my family would never be like that and it also made me miss my father. But then reading the description, I realized that the artist valued family, not because it was perfect but because families are forever interwoven and interconnected. I realized that even though my family is scattered in many different countries and my father is no longer with me, we are still bonded with love and that is the strongest value of all, even conquering death itself. By the time I took the picture, I was feeling content because this piece reminded me that the most important value in my life is my family, I would not be where I am today and who I am today without them.
Art and the Good Life: These are a set of etchings done by Francisco Goya from 1746-1828. They are called The Disasters of War. The description says, "Goya turned again to etching to create pessimistic images castigating human stupidity and the horrors that some men inflicted on others." I think this artwork depicts the theme of fighting for the Good Life because it depicts war as an injustice. We shouldn't take war lightly in our daily lives, meaning we shouldn't just passively accept that it's happening. Looking at these pieces caused a lot of emotions to go through me head including sorrow, grief, and mostly guilt. Guilt because for most of my life, there has been a war happening in some part of the world, and I never really paid much attention. This art is almost accusatory in the sense that we let ourselves be distracted by foolish things, while others are dying too early, suffering from famine, not able to live their lives freely, because that's what war does. It is an injustice against mankind itself and something we should be actively fighting against, with peace, hope, and love.

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