This photo does not do justice to the beauty of the intricate vases on display. Each vase has a different design, texture, and color scheme. Seeing this exhibit in person gave me a greater appreciation for the medium of the art. Some of you may see this photo and be unimpressed by what you see. I can guarantee however that seeing these firsthand would change your perspective. The reason I find these glass vases so peculiar is that they all vary greatly. No one vase looks like the other, and this uniqueness in my eyes makes each vase elegant in its own right. The artwork reminded me that beauty comes in many forms (and there is no one definition of the word). The vases inspired me to view the world with an open mind.
Garden in the Asian Art Exhibit
I found this garden in the Asian Exhibit the most appealing part of the Harn Museum. The collage of different plants and shrubbery gave the garden a natural, earthy feel. It made me feel immersed in a wondrous forest, with all sorts of wildlife stationed right in front of me. The use of space and arrangement of plants gave the exhibit a peaceful, relaxing atmosphere. There was also a river running through the garden which contributed to the tranquil environment. The exhibit made me feel calm and at peace.
La Grande Trompette, 1932-1933, by Julio Gonzalez
This piece of artwork appealed to my core values because it looks different from every angle. An important core value of mine is to view the world from multiple angles. I believe that in order to fully appreciate the good life, one needs to have an open mind and see the world from an unbiased point of view. The same applies to people- if we judge an individual at face value, we form many false assumptions about that person. When we take the time to connect with someone and know them on a deeper level, we can gain a greater understanding of their unique personality. This piece of art made me better appreciate the complexity of people. It reminded me how everyone is different and special in their own way. The artwork instills a feeling of joy in me. It helps me understand that like the piece, I am unique and have the right to express every part of my identity.
Champ d'avoine (Oat Field), 1890, by Claude Monet
This piece of artwork embodies the good life theme of harmony with nature. In my mind, this work evokes such a theme because it is a pure display of the beauty of nature. The painting shows an open landscape- full of color and untainted by human influence. The painting adds to my appreciation of harmony between humans and nature, because it reminds me of how precious the natural world is. When we fail to realize this, we are quick to harm our environment and ignore the timeless majesty that is planet Earth.