Art and Core Values: Champ d'avoine (Oat Field), Claude Monet
At the Harn, there was an entire wing devoted to Monet's paintings. Many of his paintings are small scaled, but the detail in them is incredible. Monet's paintings bring out the best in nature, and the thoughtfulness to appreciate it. This wing of the museum reminded me of the fact that sometimes, you need to slow down and appreciate your surroundings. Many of Monet's works depict the beauty of nature and the playfulness of light and dark. It brings the freshness of the world to you in the form of a mere painting. This painting reminded me of a field down the road from me at home, where I would occasionally go to take pictures at sunset. This painting brought peace and the remembrance of home to me, and reminded me to cherish the beauty around me.
Art and the Good Life: Mama Baby, Tidal Pools, Trinadad, California, Justine Kurland
This is an unusual piece I believe portrays the good life, because it is described as a utopia. Kurland is a self-proclaimed feminist who's main study is the interactions of women and children. At first, I just thought the picture was women on a beach, but a closer look shows they are nude and with their children. It explores the freedom of the body and spirit from mother to child. Everyone on the beach looks relaxed and carefree and it could also resemble a feminist Eden. It reminds me of the freedom of speech, mind, and body, it looks as if nothing phases the subjects. The beach is one of my favorite places to spend time, not necessarily in the nude, but still where I would rather be. This photograph is a simple piece that portrays serenity, liberation, and thought beyond the picture. It made me think of and appreciate that loving the skin you're in is always important. Also, that sometimes relaxation and carefree days are important to the human experience.