Art & the Good Life
This 2008 Vessel by OGAWA Machiko shows what the good life is to me. The world is this very judgmental, cruel, scary, and difficult place to succeed in: this is the outer shell of the sculpture (beige and rocky). However, by centering yourself in the world and not worrying about the negatives of it, you will end up with a life that is beautifully created (the crystal inside). You must defeat the mountains and hills to find yourself in a state of peace in the midst of destruction. This Vessel shows the theme of embodying the good life! It is simply thriving on its own without outside forces corrupting its central area of contentedness. I am not yet appreciative of embodying the good life, because I have not yet found what it is to me. However, I do have a great guide (the Vessel) in showing me that once I have found my piece, to not let outside destruction strip away my sense of restfulness.