Good Life Tour of the Harn Erica Chammas

Medium of the Art

The “Old Man’s Cloth” is truly an inspiring piece of art displayed at the Harn Museum. Today, tapestries are very popular and are usually made out of sheet or cloth material, but this artist made use of aluminum and copper wire to develop a modern item in a vintage way. This type of medium automatically caught my attention, especially because of the size of the piece. Seeing this in person made me realize how much work and effort the artist must have put into it in order to develop such a large, original sculpture. If I were to see this online I would never have noticed the detail that went into it. Other than the piece itself, my feelings were triggered after viewing this artwork. The fact that Ghanaian had the ability and motivation to coil together each and every wire really showed how passionate he is about this piece and I admire his determination.

Design of the Museum

Each exhibit in the museum had different aspects that made them appealing but the one that caught my interest the most was the feminist showcase. These pieces were especially empowering in the sense that they bring up current issues in society as well as promote the feminine gender in a positive form. Not only did I like the concept and purpose of this exhibit, but I enjoyed the way it was all presented. No matter where I was standing in the room, I was still able to see each individual piece due to the circular setting and bright lighting. Overall, this exhibit targets towards those that believe in women equality and certainly gets its point across to the audience.

Art and Core Values

The moment I saw the lithography of the Little House by the Sea it reminded me of home. It does not look anything like my actual house, but it symbolizes the comfort I feel whenever I travel back to my suburban town to be with my family. I value the relationship I have with my mother, father and sister and this piece of art brought me back to that loving feeling of simplicity and ease. This artwork made me see the importance of being with my family and made me miss it. Living in a college town for months isolates individuals from geographic reminders of home and, ironically, this cue came in a form and place I would have least expected. Beyond the stress and complexity of a student’s life in college, this little house stood as a sign that “home” is not as far away as it seems.

Art and the Good Life

Although the face of the girl in the photo does not look like she is happy, the idea of stress-free, easy going adolescence plays a large role in this picture and ties in with the Good Life theme. Despite the tragedies of the world, younger children have a remarkable way of making room for positive thoughts and not holding onto negativity. That is what I see when I look at this photo. I see a child who, regardless of what has happened in her life, is taking in the beauty of nature and realizing that life has much more meaning than to worry over small issues. This also reminded me of Walden’s view on the Good Life and how transcendentalism can allow people to find happiness in their experiences with themselves in the woods. I may have looked too hard into this photo, but I was definitely able to see through the pouty look and create a story behind the young girl.

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