At the Harn Museum there was a wing that showcased Elusive Spirits: African Masquerades which featured some masks that were used in the culture's rituals. Both of these face masks are artworks that can only be truly appreciated up close as it allowed me to depict the craftsmanship and the details of the mask by observing it up close. The masks were carved from wood and added with other mediums to display the designs but the fact that the masks were hand carved from a piece of wood is what strikes me the most and every mark in the wood is unique to the artist. The bottom face mask (okoroshi ojo) is more of a grotesque and distorted mask but this physical feature represents an cultural aspect of the Igbo people and it allowed me to understand more of their culture.
I found the pottery/sculpture part of the museum particularly appealing to me and it surprised that some of the art pieces were from my culture. The Seated Guanyin with Child Attendant and the Immortal Holding Peach with Monkey art piece includes very prevalent figures within my culture. People often find comfort in objects that are familiar to them and I could say the same towards the exhibit. The Guanyin figure is a common deity that was referred to in my culture and growing up in China my grandmother actually had several statues of Guanyin around the house and the figure was also a character in one of my childhood cartoons. My familiarity of these figures and the wood floors created an environment that made me feel like I was back in China.
This artwork of Frida Kahlo and Emmy Lou Packard by Emmy Lou Packard that conveys the theme of sharing the Good Life. The artwork depicts two women sitting together: Frida Kahlo (left) and Emmy Lou Packard (right) and it reflects their close relationship and from the art description Emmy Lou's hair has been dressed like Frida's and they look completely at east with each other, like lovers or sisters. This shows how content as if they found happiness in their life and the simple embrace within the artwork shows that how important they are in each other's life and they are sharing their experience with each other.
The friendship between Frida and Emmy Lou made me relate to the friendship I have with my best friend as it reflects upon our friendship. We are both involved within each other's lives and sharing the ups and downs with each other. From this sharing of experience it made me appreciate life in itself more as an individual.