The Good Life Tour of the Harn Museum of Art by Lillianne marcheggiani

Medium of the Art/Technique of the Artist: Ode à l'Oubli by Louise Bourgeois

Louise Bourgeois used hand-sewn and stitched cloth to design this piece of art. What I found the most interesting and appealing about this artwork, was that each frame was an individual picture with its own identity, yet they all tied together in an overall aesthetic. Also, the stitch work is beautiful to look at. Seeing this piece in person made me realize the amount of effort that must have gone into completing such an extensive art piece. There is one quote sewn into a piece of cloth that states "I had a flashback of something that never existed." This truly chilled me to the bone and brought forward a mystery to this piece of work that I would never have thought of before.

Design of the Museum: Korean Art - Collecting Treasures

Being part of the Asian culture, it was definitely interesting to get a glimpse into different artifacts and pieces. In regards to the design of this exhibition, I thought the surrounding wood and glass casings really complemented the artwork well. The pieces are all organized in a neat manner, with the largest at the room's center, with smaller pieces surrounding it. This drew all your attention immediately to the Buddha at the center of the room, which is beautiful. The layout of the room definitely adds to the experience. It was all incredibly aesthetically pleasing to me and also very intriguing to examine pieces of my culture.

Art and Core Values: Guerrilla Girls

I am a firm believer in the feminist movement. Guerrilla Girls evoked a very powerful emotion in me. I was shocked by how bold the creator of this piece was in providing us startling statistics in regards to female artists/art works that depict women, but at the same time, I had so much respect for them. This piece made me angry, but not at the artist - at society. There should be way more than 4% of women artists being represented in the Modern Art section of the Metropolitan Museum. Also, how come there is not an equal or greater percentage of male nudity presented? There should be equal representation of genders and appreciation for women - rather than presenting us as materialistic beings. This definitely helped me realize the importance in being persistence and pushing for what you believe in.

Art and the Good Life: Casita al Mar by Emilio Sánchez (color lithograph)

Going off of the themes of Walden and Siddhartha, I find that the simplicity in things is what may make me the happiest. In both stories, the two protagonists remove materialistic items from their lives and pursue a life in which they reach fulfillment. In this piece, there is simply a red house surrounded on both sides by grass and a bright blue sky. This art piece makes me imagine living out in the open field without any means of connecting myself to the corrupt society outside my home. The simple, standing structure of this house without any furnishings provides an insight to how living without the temporary and fake substances of our world can bring about comfort and happiness. Living in a peaceful state such as this would bring a possible permanent joy. This piece helps me understand what the two protagonists from Walden and Siddhartha were trying to reach.

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