The Good Life Through Art Kelley Emile

I found several unique pieces of artwork that need to be seen in person to fully appreciate them. The first piece of artwork, Seated Man with Hace and Bowl by the Azteca people, had many intricate details that I could not even capture with my camera. On the back of the sculpture were holes and and markings, as you can see on the back of one of the other sculptures. Seeing this artwork in person made me appreciate it because I could actually see the imprinting and texture that I would not see through a picture. I found it striking how the artwork had such fine details when looked at closely. It also amazes me how this piece had to be shaped and molded, versus a drawing or painting. It communicated to me that there is more than what meets the eye. From afar, I thought this was just a quick clay model but the artist actually told a story through their art. The artwork made me feel inspired to experiment with different mediums of art.
I really loved the design of the Harn Museum. A particular exhibit that I enjoyed was the Highlights from the Photography Collection. I like how instead of doors leading to the area, there is a huge arch and walkway instead. It made the area feel more welcoming instead of cramped. Also, the bold piece of art at the beginning set the tone for an interesting exhibit. It was interesting how the artwork were spaced out, yet the room still felt full of art. I really liked that feeling because I was able to take my time viewing the art without worrying about being in another person's way. This exhibit made me feel relaxed because of the amount of space I had and the simplicity of the design.
As soon as I saw, Frida Seated in Her Garden by Florence Arquin, I felt a connection. One of my core values is happiness and Frida appears to be content in this artwork. When I look at this piece, it instills hope in me. I have high hopes that I will reach the level of happiness that I desire. This helps me better understand that I need to cherish the small things around me more. Frida is just siting in her garden and she looks so happy doing so. It is the small things like the plants and flowers and atmosphere that contribute to her happiness in the artwork.
This artwork, Calavera Tapatia by Manuel Manilla, stood out to me immediately. It was interesting because it featured skulls. As I read the description of the piece, I realize that it conveys Embodying the Good Life. The main skeleton is sitting at a bar and drinking alcohol. To me, this is a symbolism of how alcohol is harmful to the body and potentially deadly. Embodying the Good Life focuses on achievement through physical health and beauty. I appreciate the theme more now because of this artwork. Death is something that most people are scared of and this artwork forces you to think about the potions you put into your body.
  1. Aztecta People. Seated Man with Hace and Bowl. 100 C.E. Harn Museum, Gainesville, Florida.
  2. Muray, Nickolas. Frida Kahlo on White Bench. 1939. Harn Museum, Gainesville, Florida.
  3. Arquin, Florence. Frida Seated in her Garden. 1943. Harn Museum, Gainesville, Florida.
  4. Manilla, Manuel. Calavera Tapatia. Undated. Harn Museum, Gainesville, Florida.

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