The Harn Museum of Art Good Life Project; November 23, 2016

The Asian Dry Garden Exhibit has a very simplistic design to it. Due to its simplicity, I was able to observe and take in every detail of each rake stroke pattern. This evoked a sense of tranquility in me, largely due to the setting that it is in. It is surrounded by transparent walls which reminded me of the outside world, but the pattern in which the gravel was in did not fail to captivate me. This place would be a suitable to place to meditate or to be able to get away from the worries of the outside world because time seems to stand still here. There's no flow of water-just the stillness of the earth.
This photograph was taken by Lynsey Addario, an American photojournalist, at Kawrkos Camp, Northern Iraq (August 20, 2013). Depicted in this photo are Syrians that have recently arrived to the Kawrkos Camp, outside Erbil, northern Iraq, in the process of receiving food and clothes by Kurdish people. The composition of this photograph is the depth of field in the Syrians and refugees reaching out to the grab the baskets of the supplies. This act of generosity by the Kurdish people highlights one of the many themes of the Good Life. This photograph is able to capture this act of generosity seconds before the first create falls into the Syrians and other refugees.
This Day of the Dead Figure display deeply reminds me of my core value of family. As hectic as this first fall semester of college has been, I have been more than grateful for what my family has done to get me where I am today. This piece reminds me of one of the many family traditions my family partakes in. Dia de Los Muertos or Day of the Dead is celebrated on November 1st to celebrate the lives of the dead with food, drink, parties, and parades. The common image that portrays Dia de Los Muertos are Calaveras or Skeletons. This skeletons resemble the dead and are portrayed participating in festivities, eating, drinking, etc. I remember my aunts making chocolate skulls with sparkles and frosting and decorating their house with them, along with picture and images on dressed up skeletons dancing. A similar decoration would also be used as the one that was in the museum. The skeleton figures reminded me of home and all of the traditions my parents and I used to partake in. Now that I have moved away for college, I am not exposed to those types of traditions anymore.
The Champ d'avonie by Claude Monet is a remarkably striking piece of art work to me. This very piece served as the basis for the Impressionist movement. In this painting, Monet greatly focuses on the landscape of an oat field and emphasizes the beauty of light. Clade Monet was born in Paris on November 14, 1840. While in Paris, Monet met with many painters such as Gustave Courbet and Pierre August Renoir. In 1883, Monet moved to Giverny, France, where he began his paintings of the French countryside. In many of these paintings, one subject was painted several times, so that different effects of light and atmosphere were shown. One of them being the Champ d'avonie as shown above.


Harn Museum of Art Entrance photo taken by Jonathan Borofsky

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