Harn Museum By: Jordyn McKenzie

Medium/Technique of the Art

The Champ d'avoine (Oat Field) by Claudet Monet conveys the impressionist period. The art work is moreso a mesh of broken paint strokes instead of a smooth stroke, but it is in this broken pattern that I find beauty. Life is often made of patterns that are broken not smooth, and I think that this painting was able to convey this aspect well. Seeing a Monet painting in person has a much greater effect in person than it ever had from pictures in books. When I saw the colors in person they were so vibrant and varied, yet they only add to the appeal of the painting. There is no hesitancy in its beauty, they exist beautifully as individual colors but also as a greater whole. The art work as a whole made me feel valued as well as a need to value others better. This picture is beautiful because each stroke is different, but without it the painting would not be as aesthetically pleasing. With that said, each individual has a part to play in life and no one has more or less value and neither does the way they look at the world or even at this painting. With all these differences there is beauty within the frame.

Design of the Museum

The Exhibit that I found particularly appealing would be the Frida Kahlo photography wing. Each photograph was aligned in a way that added a new side/characteristic to Frida Kahlo, I felt like I was reading her biography through each proceeding picture. The wing itself was not large, but the impact it had on me was huge. The lights of the museum highlighted her beauty, but for me it moreso highlighted the raw emotions in her eyes. I love the saying "the eyes are the window to the soul" because of the truth I believe it holds. Each photograph was her but her eyes were what repeatedly grabbed my focus. There was determination, hope, suffering, exhaustion, joy, and strength dancing in her pupils in every picture. It reminded me of the stories only the eyes will ever truly know and understand, but it is through these experiences that we connect with others; growing in the harsh soils that we are planted. On the exhibit wall Frida Kahlo says "I knew that a battlefield of suffering was in my eyes. From then on, I started looking straight at the lends, unflinching, unsmiling, determined to show that I was a good fighter to the end." I have so much respect for this women who places hope in hearts through a mesmerizing gaze, piercing ones very core.

Art and Core Values

The piece presented is called the Tiergarten, Berlin, July 1 by Rineke Dijkstra. This piece deals with the acceptance that we find when we are lost. The girl seems uncomfortable and lost, her eyes give off this haunting yet familiar look that screams vulnerability. The placement of the girl in the forest reminds me of Inferno by Dante, in the way in which she seems to also be lost in a "dark wood." Not only is her placement strange, but the way in which she stands seems to show how uncomfortable and awkward she feels in her own skin. She is placed in this natural setting yet she looks so unnatural. It makes me feel the same uncomfortable, lost, and worried feeling that I think every individual can relate too at least once in their lives. We all have felt alone, like we didn't fit in, or displaced having no idea how to take the next step. This photograph made me realize that I should approach these awkward times with the knowledge that in these experiences I will grow towards more comfort and acceptance of who I am, as well as learn more about myself in these struggles.

Art and the Good Life

Dos Ninos (Two Children) by Jesus Guerrero Galvan reminded me of the theme of sharing the good life. This picture struck me as one that displayed lifeless children, a great paradox to what childhood usually represents. The plaque next to the painting said that the picture presented "royal and aristocratic children who were often represented as miniature adults." This entire concept made me uncomfortable in the way that this is something effecting us now. The painting seems to bring to light the loss of childhood we are experiencing to date. Children are no longer given the opportunity to be creative, responsibility of school work and declining socialibility are creating kids that are already in a race with time. This painiting has a rawness evident in the blank stares of children, which is a look that scares me because of its accuracy. Children are now growing up too fast in my opinion and are frequently exposed to more experiences at younger ages. This painting in particular increased my understanding of the module in the way in which it invoked a need to strive for happiness that is fulfilling, not one that takes away the unique and playful qualities we all possess.

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