My favorite portion of the Harn was the abstract wing due to the fact that I study abstract art in high school. Many do not see the cultural significance in art and the importance it has to each beholder. Upon entering the exhibit the first piece to catch your eye is the sign with the relief sculpture on the opening design. It is bright, flowing, and ever-changing. Therefore leading one to a feeling of relief and freedom in the bright and circular room. There is no need for structure in abstract art so the round and open room allows one to flow with the room how you please. In a way, the feeling of freedom also allows viewers to better understand abstraction and the idea that creativity is meant to be open and light, not dark and confined to hard lines and logic.
I am a firm believer that we share our world with spirits much like many native African cultures. However, this being a rather controversial idea lead me to surprise that the Harn would embrace such a subject. As a firm believer in spirit and spirituality I agree with many African cultures that spirits influence us in ways we cant understand. On the contrary I never imagined that the cultures would create masks and put on shows embodying the spirits themselves. Upon, seeing this piece showing one of the many masks' on display being used I began to contemplate if this was possible. While I do believe it is possible for the spirits to attach to objects I became rather scared for the user as allowing another control of your energy in such a way is dangerous. However, as I read the article on spirituality to the African people I realized that they put their trust in the spirits and for the most part understood whom they were interacting with. Thus, while my fears were not assuaged, I was more comfortable with the idea of willing possession. It also aided me in understanding that as a spiritual person, it is better to embrace the spirits rather than shy away from them because these natives believed that in allowing them personal interaction they were protecting and caring for their society. It is almost a parallel to prayer and confession for the spiritual person.
This is Islandia, the goddess of healing waters. For her people she symbolizes the quest and achievement of the equality between men and women. She is a symbol of the steps that must be taken in order for healing and equality to be achieved. This symbolizes the woman's quest for Good Life in achieving equality on all levels as well as sharing these achievements with all. Because of the way the statue is presented as on a higher power but with open arms, it portrays both the idea that the Good Life is a higher goal as well as the idea that it must be shared. That the Good Life is an idea among many and that those who seek it are welcomed to a higher standing with the goddess. Therefore, developing the understanding that while not everyone has the same idea of the Good Life, there are certain aspects of each idea that are shared among cultures and societies.