Technique of the Artist
Memory of Time, AKAO Fusako, 1950
Memory Of Time is a ceramic piece created by Fusako. The medium of this piece helped to establish the look of a old well. In picture, this piece simply looked like a rock, but the way the artist meticulously shaped, placed, and glazed the ceramic pieces allows this seemingly common object to truly capture the impact of time. The ceramic is cracked and darker in some spots. This technique of adding a cracked, bumpy piece of ceramic allows the piece to seem worn and weathered, as though it has long survived natural erosion of the rock.
However, the artists design does more than simply imply wear and tear with time. The deep blueish green glaze used inside the sculpture makes it look like a never-ending well. This made me think about the never-ending rotation of Earth. There is no pause button on life, it goes on forever with no breaks. The idea of a never ending well parallels the never ending ticking of time.
Design of the Museum
I loved the outdoor gardens incorporated into the museum. I enjoy photography, and one of my favorite things to photograph is nature. I do this because I feel like it is so effortlessly beautiful, yet so many people overlook nature's innate beauty. By putting these gardens into the museum, the curators have encouraged everyone to truly look at the nature around us. By photographing flowers and waterfalls, I attempt to force others to appreciate things normally taken for granted. When I walked into the outdoor garden in the Harn Museum, I immediately felt like the architects were trying to do the same thing. Of course, the layout of the plants and waterfalls was carefully decided, but I connected to the idea they were betraying of finding the beauty in every day scenery.
Art and Core Values
Cuarteto Habanero, Cundo Bermudez, 1991, Silkscreen
Music is a very important part of my life. Of course I enjoy just sitting down and listening to good songs, but I really love making music. For most of my life I have played the flute. It has always been a stress reliever for me. More importantly, however, are the skills I have learned by being involved in music. In order to even learn the basics of an instrument, you have to practice religiously. This taught me the importance of working hard in order to reach an end goal.
However, as any band director will say, a piece can always get better. Through music I have learned to never stop pushing myself. I may think that something is done, but chances are, it can still be improved upon. I have also learned the value of teamwork. While you can play solos, most of the music I have played has been in large ensembles. I have to work hard to learn my parts to help benefit the team as a whole. Likewise, every single person needs to learn his or her part in order for the song to sound good.
Art and The Good Life
Overlook Mountain, Woodstock, New York; Ernest Fiene, 1922, Oil on canvas
Although it may not be immediately apparent, I think this piece follows the theme of Seeking the Good Life. I love mountains, hiking, camping, and all things nature. This is because it's always peaceful and quiet in the woods. It gives me time to think and reflect, which are both vital in searching for a good life. By imagining myself hiking up this mountain, I can almost feel how stress-free I would be. I could just spend all of my time taking in the view and truly experiencing the world around me, a vital aspect of searching for the good life.