Tour of the Harn By: Claire Weaver

Medium of the Art/ Technique of the Artist

(1)A white glazed carving with turquoise crystals. (2) An black unfinished and unglazed bowl. (1)Ogawa, Machicko (1946). Vessel. Harn Museum of Art. Accessed 11 January 2017. (2)Akyama, Yō (2002). Untitled T-026. Harn Museum of Art. Accessed 11 January 2017.

The glazed bowl was an iridescent white with purposeful cracks as if to mimic erosion from water. This near pearly white reminds me of the Cliffs of Dover, and the crystalline structures resemble crashing waves against the shore. The broken crystals give rise to the image of a turbulent sea, but the bright clear color gives the illusion of a calm sea. If I had not seen this piece in person, I would not be able to not the intricacies of the shell, nor the crystals inside. Seeing the piece in person gave depth to the piece. The technique of the artist was so deliberate and inspired that this piece ended up leaving a powerful impression on me. Their attention to detail is astounding. This piece communicated both a juxtaposition of calm elements and feeling and turbulent elements and emotions leading to a complexed and nuanced piece. This made me feel intrigued and inquisitive of what the artist was trying to achieve.

Design of the Museum

(1) Top photo of Claire Weaver posing in vast wooden space that constituted of largest part of the Asian Wing (2) Photo on bottom with time periods listed below: Various artists, unknown. No names. Harn Museum of Art. Accessed 11 January 2017.

The asian wing of the Harn held a juxtaposition between the old and the new. Often similar pieces of art in different time periods would be displayed closer together so that their differences can be clearly seen. The pieces were also organized by different regions of Asia. Indian pieces and Iranian pieces are organized together i their distinct groups. The overall structure of the wing reflects the architectural norms of many Asian countries including China and Japan. The wood and the multiple gardens also reflected the artistic style of the continent that this wing is meant to represent. The massive amount of open space along with the natural lighting appealed to me. It opened up the space and allowed for a sense of freedom of movement. The vast variety of art leads to an appreciation of diversity and inspires awe in its observers.

Art and Core Values

A lovely piece of art depicting a bay. (1) Leon Kroll (1926). St. Jean's Bay. Harn Museum of Art. Accessed 11 January 2017.

The oil painting "St. Jean's Bay" is a perfect depiction of harmony and camaraderie between people and their natural environment. The colors, while bright, are somewhat subdued and calming. The core value of harmony is clearly at play when analyzing the relaxed posture and mild clear waters of the bay. Such an image spoke to me, and I was somewhat surprised. I usually place emphasis on competition and intellectual stimulation, but the piece that spoke to me was one that seemed to be the opposite of my usual beliefs. This piece made me realize that perhaps I value the more calming core values.

Art and the Good Life

Picture of me posing in front of a mask from the yoruba people. (1) Unknown. Ancestor Spirit Masquerade Costume (Eugungun). Harn Museum of the arts. Accessed 11 January 2017.

This mask is a mask of spiritual consequence and of celebration. It is honoring the ancestors of those who bear the mask. This piece is about extending past this world and into the next. The intricate beading is a symbol of respect and the work the people put into creating this art. This ability to remember a cultural identity and have a sense of who they are is essential to the notion of a Good Life. It's an identity the people can always go back to. This garnered my appreciation due to its unique and wholistic design. It represents a sort of total immersion in one's beliefs and one's personal expression. This piece draws attention to the difference between a happy life, and a fulfilled life.

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