Art and Core Values: The picture above is a photograph of Frida Kahlo, an influential woman in the feminist movement and a front runner for women in art. When I saw this exhibit, the core value I felt was hope and pride. Women are making huge strides in the fight for equality and seeing someone like Frida in a museum with her own exhibit is very inspiring to those women who think they can't make a change or their opinions/ideas do not matter. This picture helps me better understand that I cherish my freedom of speech and ability to fight for what I believe in. The equality movement is in full force after recent events and a lot of women are fighting for their rights so the feeling is very fresh in my heart and mind.
Art and the Good Life: Pictured above is a selfie of myself and a beautiful, golden statue of a woman. This statue looks like many of its kind, naked, posed women who look strong, beautiful, and elegant. Most people can recognize how similar this statue looks to the ancient Roman and Greek statues of busts with goddess like elegance. This statue relates most with the good life lesson of mythologizing beauty. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and most people believe this statue to be beautiful because of past ideas of beauty that other similar statues drilled into our heads. Having these common images in our head that associate with beauty means that naturally we will find this very statue to be beautiful like the rest. This has helped me better understand the theme because I can relate artwork to current day pictures on social media. People have a certain look or body type that they associate with beauty, and if someone does not fit their description then they are not considered beautiful. Good life wanted students to explore this phenomenon and after thinking about it, this is not acceptable. Everyone and everything is beautiful in their own way and society cannot tell them any different.
Medium of the Art/ Technique of the Artist: The tapestry pictured above is an African piece created by a woman artist. The vibrant colors and extreme detail really spoke to me and was very appealing to my eyes. When you look at the tapestry through a computer screen, you can obviously tell that it is a lovely piece that has a beautiful pattern. But, seeing it up close and personal allows you to have a different perspective on how the artist wanted you to feel while looking at it and how much work was actually put into the work. Seeing this is person allowed me to see the individual stitches of the detail and appreciate how much time was put into the piece. This piece made me feel more connected to African culture and also had me thinking about the single story discussed earlier in the semester. Many people believe that the African people barely have enough resources to live much less create artwork showcased in museums. But the reality is that there are many talented artists in Africa who make beautiful, pratical art for enjoyment and survival purposes. Knowing this makes me appreciate the culture and history of Africa that much more.
Design of the Museum: The photo showcased above was taken in the Asian art wing of the Harn Museum. I came upon this wing wandering the museum and this particular view really spoke to me. The grotto outside is gorgeous, you could hear the soothing sound of the running water and it really seemed like they were capturing the essence of a Japanese koi pond. The lighting on this particular day was striking because it was a warm, sunny day in florida. All the light in this particular exhibit came from this window which made the feel more natural and less forced. Art was very spread apart and there were few pieces in the exhibit. I felt very clean and less stressed being in this spacious room.