Art and Core Values
This work is La tauromaquia (The Art of Bullfighting) by Francisco Goya from Spain. This series of artworks show the bullfighting, a famous Spanish tradition. Maybe the bullfighting is supposed to represent the braveness of matadors, but from my point of view, it shows the relationship between human beings and the nature. One of my core values is the nature. I firmly believe that the power of nature, including animals and the physical environment, is immeasurable. Humans have to keep a good relationship with the nature, or we will be hurt. Just as the paintings show, sometimes matadors defeat the bulls and sometimes the bulls hurt, even kill the matadors. If we treat the nature well, we can survive; however, if we do extremely bad things to the nature, we will take the consequences. These paintings evoke my emotion of respect and fear towards the nature.
Art and the Good Life
This photograph of Frida Kahlo is taken by Edward Weston, an American photographer, and the name of this artwork is the same as its character. The subject matter of this photo are Frida Kahlo and her beautiful costumes. The reason why I chose this photo as the connection of art and good life was not only that we talked about Frida Kahlo in the class, but also that this photo shows people's unstoppable persuasion of beauty which is part of good life. No matter how we see beauty differently, everyone loves wants to be beautiful. Although with an unhealthy physical condition, Frida Kahlo wears her beautiful costumes in this photo to tell people that they have the right and freedom to run for beauty. I used to think that beauty is how others see you, but this photo teaches me that I decide my own beauty.
All photos are taken by me at Harn Museum.