IUF1000 Spark Story Francesca Reicherter

This piece of art was created by Nancy Graves in 1994. She used bronze with patina and glass to create this piece. At first glance, it didn't seem like much, but when I took the time to really examine it, I found the structure and texture to be intriguing. Because of the mixture of materials used to produce this piece, it is difficult to accurately imagine without having seen it first. I was unsure if I liked it or was just fascinated by the texture, but looking at the piece made me feel inspired. I am not usually big on art, but this piece seemed so mysterious. I wondered how the artist came up with the design, was it intentional? Did she plan every piece? Or, was this just trial and error of placement until it felt right?
My favorite exhibit in the Harn was the Intra-Action: Women Artists. Behind me is the Ode à I'Oubil, hand-sewn litography from Louise Bourgeois's book. Overall, this section of the exam was lit in a way that really made the pieces stand out, particularly this one. I found the usage of pastel colors in such a bright room, very striking. The way this exhibit was set up was so that every piece had its own space where nothing was on top of each other. This helped the beauty of each piece speak for itself, mainly this one. Looking at these pictures told a story, you could almost feel the emotions of the artist as she created each cloth. I want to say I felt inspired, but I am not sure if that word really captures the magnitude of emotion I felt standing in this room. Again, I am not much for art, but I really appreciated this collection, all the way from the arrangement to the lighting to the pieces.
This piece is from the Guerrilla Girls collection. As a woman, I feel I am constantly objectified, especially by Museums. As a Catholic girl, one of my core values is respect of my inner self. When I first saw this piece, I thought it was funny, because of the Guerrilla head on the girls body. But, then I read that 76% of nudes in the Modern Art section are women. I didn't feel angry that women are expected to be nude, but ashamed. This made me believe that we really do need to change the way women are seen. I am a big believer of the feminist movement. I believe if a woman wants to show off her body as a way to demonstrate her confidence that's her choose, but I do not think the only way a woman's beauty should be appreciated is by being undressed. I now have a better understanding of what the feminist movement is about, it's not just about equality, it's about the way we are objectified.
Pictured with me is an Eighteen-Light Pond Lily Lamp by Louis Comfort Tiffany. In the Good Life, I think we are learning a theme of not how to live but what to look for in life. When I was younger and things didn't work out the way I wanted them to, my parents taught me to say "there's always light somewhere on our path." I was never taught the phrase, "life isn't fair." I was taught to believe we all have a path and even though there are dark spots, there will be light again. This lamp, might seem like an ordinary lamp or one with an excessive amount of light bulbs, but when I saw it, to me it was the lamp on my path. Sometimes all 18 bulbs will be lit, sometimes a couple will burn out, and sometimes it will be unplugged. I appreciated this art piece the most, because in my opinion of the quest for a Good Life, this represents everything. This lamp lights up the journey for all of us on our way to discovering our own version of the Good Life.


Photographs in order: Nancy Graves, II-06-94 Louise Bourgeois, Ode à I'Oubli Guerrilla Girls, Conscience of the Art World Louis Comfort Tiffany, Eighteen-Light Pond Lily Lamp

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