Medium of the Art/ Technique of Artist- In a studio, it is almost impossible to photograph a work of art in a way that fully does the piece justice. I first spotted Katsumata’s sculpture Coral, from across the room. As I approached the piece, the intricate life-like detail stunned me. The lighting casted down created rich dark shadows that added to the effect of seeing the piece in person. The sculpture, made of clay, looked like a real piece of coral taken directly from the sea. Having taken many pottery classes, even one here at UF, I cannot imagine how difficult it must have been to make such a work of art. The piece, of one white color, evokes a somber feeling as it resembles our dying coral reefs. When coral dies, it goes through a process called bleaching and loses all of its color/ life. It communicates the importance of protecting our oceans and environment.
Design of the Museum- I found the Asian sculpture wing appealing for many reasons. This space’s use of wood detail paneling from the entrance to the window led the eyes immediately to the asian looking garden that lied outside. The garden looks like one that would contain koi fish or a buddha garden stone. The architecture on the inside also embodied asian characteristics and tranquility. The lighting poured in from the big windows to the outside all while not being too harsh or bright. The Art lies around the exteriors of the room allowing the eyes to enjoy only two sculptures and lots of free space in the center. The free space in the center allows the viewer to see the room itself as a piece of art by taking in the architecture. The exhibit makes me feel like I don’t want to leave in addition to not want to knock something over.