For my Good Life Project, I visited the Harn Museum in Gainesville and reflected upon the different works of art and what they meant for me. Art has the ability to convey a message from the artist to the audience, however, we each can interpret pieces differently. These are images of myself and my favorite works of art and the message that they conveyed for me personally.
"In Country: Soldiers' Stories from Iraq and Afghanistan" by Jennifer Karady
I found the way the artist depicted this image to be most striking of all the pieces I took pictures with. The picture appears to be a regular image taken with a camera, however, the stark combination of the two different worlds (military and home) combined is extremely shocking. I felt as though this artwork is a physical representation of how it must feel for a soldier returning home from battle in Iraq or Afghanistan. Although the soldier is physically home, she cannot fully leave that part of herself behind.
"Prism" and "Wangechi Gold #6" by Marilyn Minter
These two works of art were done in chromogenic print, which I found to be very interesting. What initially drew me towards these images was the vivid colors and the contrast of the metallic tones against the human skin. These pieces are featured in the contemporary collection, which I spent the most time in and enjoyed the most. I mainly enjoyed the feeling in this wing. The wood flooring created a warm atmosphere and the interactions with the pieces in this wing felt more intimate.
Sculpture in front of the Harn
This sculpture really caught my eye as I was entering the museum. As I reflected upon it, I felt like it represented a current struggle in my life. To me, it seemed like two people who should have made a perfect "ring" but instead, have not matched up well enough to do so. Their sides are smooth, but their end pieces which represent their inner selves are rough and damaged. It appears as though they are broken off from each other, and because of their failed relationship, the ring entirely is rusted.
"Semiotics of the Kitchen" by Martha Rosler
This film to me represented a good life, or the lack thereof. The woman in the video was being constrained into her societal role as a female and was growing increasingly aggressive in her womanly duties of cooking. Multiple times while she was stirring or scooping, she pretended to throw the imaginary food over her shoulder, rejecting the obligation of cooking that has been forced upon her. Knowing that in today's society, women and men no longer have to follow these gender traditions means, for me, that I can live out my full potential in order to achieve my definition of the good life.