"Filaments of Light" by Yvonne Jacquette. This work is a woodcut. When looking at this work online, it appears to be a normal painting or drawing, so it is important to see it in person to realize its intricacy and uniqueness. To create this work, the whole piece of wood was covered in ink, and then carved away to create an image. I like the way this piece is both intricate and simple at the same time. The way the complicated design contradicts the simple two colors really makes this woodcut eye catching.
Asian Water Garden. This garden at the museum features a short bridge that goes through foliage and different types of plants. In the background there is a small waterfall that runs down under the bridge into a pond. This wing of the museum was particularly appealing to me for its serenity. It is very different from the very modern and formal setup of the inside of the museum, and it is a nice change. I enjoyed standing on the bridge and watching the waterfall with the breeze blowing on me. This was very relaxing and made me feel at peace.
"Three Girls Holding Hands, Sertão da Paraíba, Brazil" by Sebastião Salgado. This work is gelatin silver print. This image shows three young girls, presumably friends, holding hands. This image depicts one of my most important values, which is friendship. I believe that friends are invaluable, and are very important in anyone's life. The girls are not smiling, which could mean that they are going through tough times, but their interlocked hands show that they will use each other in these hard times. This image makes me grateful for the friends that I have in my life, and it makes me understand just how powerful friendship can be.
"Central Park Winter" by Emil Ganso. This work is oil on canvas. I believe that this work represents the good life. It shows two figures taking a walk through Central Park in the wintertime. I believe this shows the good life because it tells a story of two individuals reconnecting with nature. In an industrialized world, and especially in a large city, it is easy to forget about the beauty of nature. These individuals in the painting are taking a break from their modern lives to take in the beautiful simplicity of nature. I believe this is a good representation of what the good life is.