Seeing Toshiko Takaezu's "White Closed-Form Vessel" in person was quite striking. In a photo on its own, the piece appears small and no different than an ordinary vase. In person, its size becomes clear and it's easier to notice that this isn't in fact a vase. As the name suggests, this vessel is closed on top. I was really amazed by the artist's method when I read about this piece. The inside of the vessel is painted with the true thoughts and feelings of the artist, never to be seen by the audience. I was so in awe of this technique and the profound statement the artist makes about the difference between one's true self and the self one allows others to see.
My favorite section of the Harn Museum was the Asian Art Wing. The clean, straight lines and right angles in combination with the finished wood paneling and the large windows in the back of the room made this exhibit feel very serene and natural. It included two gardens: one traditional garden with flowers and a small waterfall and one rock garden outside on a terrace. Both created in me a feeling of tranquility when I sat on the benches. The arrangement of sculptures and pottery in tall wooden cases created a feeling of organization, which is quite relaxing to someone as stressed out as I am.
Agustín Cárdenas' "Family" is an obvious representation of one of my core values--honoring and respecting family. This particular piece stood out to me because unlike in many paintings of families in which each person has their own body, Cárdenas purposefully sculpts the parents and the child out of one piece of metal. This helped me to realize that a family is a unit and that blood is the strongest bond a person will ever have. I felt a bit of sadness while admiring this piece because as a freshman in college, this part of my life marks the beginning of adulthood and my ultimate separation from my parents.
"Hen" by William Zorach embodies simplicity in every way, even in its name. This piece is sculpted from a single piece of granite. Zorach purposely uses simple, natural stone and smooth shaping to further exhibit this simplicity. I believe this relates to embodying the good life. For me, simplicity and naturalness are at the very core of this theme. Without complicated everyday issues and stresses, one can more easily appreciate life, love, and nature. This appreciation sparks happiness, the true meaning of "the good life."