ARTWORK FEATURED: Audrey Flack, Islandia, Goddess of the Healing Waters, 1988; During my self-guided tour at the Harn Museum, I saw many photographs, drawings, and sculptures that were very appealing to the eye. I believe that if I saw these works of art online or in a photograph, I would not have noticed the intricate details or uniqueness of each piece of art. In particular, viewing the pictured figure, Islandia, or was goddess of the healing waters, was very interesting. I was able to clearly see the media, or materials used to create this work of art, and appreciate the details the artist included while making this sculpture. I found this figure's gold drapery, wings, and crown to be most striking as I was able to recognize the woman's ability to have power and authority. This reflects the artist's goals as she aims to restore the power and balance between men and women. Being a female, this artwork made me feel powerful and exuberant.
Strolling through the Harn, I was amazed on how the space accommodated the artwork that was displayed. I was very intrigued on the layout of the museum and appreciated the art from different areas of the world in different wings of the museum. An exhibit that was particularly appealing to me featured African American art. I think the lighting was perfect in encapsulating each art piece. The pieces were almost all framed in a brown wooded frame and had the light shown perfectly on them. The use of the space in this area of the museum allowed me to feel connected to the pieces and the history behind them in such a small space. This particular space made me feel like I was the only person in the museum and I had all the time in the world to explore and learn about African American heritage and cultural identity.