ART AND THE GOOD LIFE: This piece is called Funeral by Stuart Robert Purser. I had a different piece for this part of the Spark Story initially, but just before leaving the museum, I stopped and sat down in front of this painting. I stared at it for a good 5 minutes, just taking it in and thinking about it. The summary on this painting mentioned the artist was part of a minority family and witnessed how class separation resulted in inequality. He wanted to convey that simple things, like funerals, were universal and the meanings behind these events were more important than the things left behind. To me, this looks like the good life. Having the people who really, truly cared about you celebrating your life and honoring you for who you were and not for what you had. This, to me, depicts true respect and honor. It shows me that the little things in life, things like spending time with my grandparents or making strong bonds with friends, are more valuable than anything else. It's not the brightest or happiest painting, but it held a ton of meaning.