My Good Life Tour of the Harn by meghan cassidy

Kusama, Yayoi. Nets-Infinity. 2004. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville. Harn Blog: Women in Visual Arts, Accessed 26 January 2017.

"Nets-Infinity" by Yayoi Kusama is an acrylic on canvas painting. In pictures online, the pattern and texture look similar to wallpaper. In person, it is easy to identify that the surface of the painting is not smooth like wallpaper. The surface is raised in places, which indicates that each semi-circle was painted on individually. Yayoi Kusama lifted her brush and dipped it back into paint after every single inch-long semi-circle. This detail provides an entirely new understanding to the painting. The red lines are not random swirls, as they appear to be in online photos. Each stroke was very carefully applied and positioned in order to achieve the finished painting. This makes me realize some of the small enjoyable details that I take for granted in life. I don't marvel at the pristine green grass outside of my apartment, and I don't marvel at how pretty the sky looks in between the trees outside of the Reitz Union. "Nets-Infinity" makes me feel more thankful.

Bourgeoise, Louise. Ode à l'Oubli. 2004. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville. Harn Blog: Women in Visual Arts, Accessed 26 January 2017.

"Ode à l'Oubli" by Louise Bourgeois appeals to my core value of courage. I used to have very bad depression, and when I was obsessing over painful memories, I made them even more painful for myself by remembering them differently. I remember very clearly an incident in which I even made up a bad memory unconsciously, and I remember hearing the exact text on the painting echo through my head. When I reflect back on my depression, I no longer feel sad because I overcame my sadness. I had the courage to break free of my depression, and now courage is my most important core value. "Ode à l'Oubli" reminds me of having the courage to keep living.

I liked the architectural design of Latin America exhibit a lot. One wall was completely glass. Natural light poured into the room even though it was cloudy and raining outside. The natural light made me view the sculptures on the floor in a different way. The light caused shadows to form on the sculptures, which emphasized points and exaggerated textures. All of the artifacts were very spread out, which allowed the natural light to illuminate every single piece without the need for electric lighting. My dream house will have a room designed exactly like this.

Matta, Roberto. Untitled. 1956. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville. Spotlight: Latin America, Accessed 26 January 2017.

This untitled crayon drawing by Roberto Matta represents the subconscious mind. This represents the theme of Fighting for the Good Life because you are fighting for peace of mind and satisfaction. I identify parts of the drawing as representing longing, happiness, stress, and serenity. Before seeing Roberto Matta's drawing, I assumed that the theme of Fighting for the Good Life meant going through a physical struggle. Now I realize that the fight is both physical and mental, as well as a lot of other influences.

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