The Harn Museum of Art A spark story By marina burke

Medium of the art & Technique of the Artist

Wangechi Gold #6: When you take a photograph of a photograph, the quality unfortunately continues to depreciate. Even so, I still love the original print by Marilyn Minter, and this photo I took of it at the Harn. As an aspiring photographer, I was familiar with Minter's work and her affliction with glitter, and presently surprised to see one of her Wangechi Gold pieces on display. I feel that photography allows those behind the lens the opportunity to show the world their own perspective in a personal way, and that is just what this photo did for me. Seeing it in person allowed me to view the photo more in depth and appreciate all of the details that Minter wanted to shine through . I love the attention to detail and abstractness of this photo, focusing on the beauty of the bottom half of this woman's face/ lips, and the striking gold accents that adorn them. This photo emanated luxury and splendor as gold drips from the lips of the woman, and communicated a very sensual, robust, extravagant feel.

Design of the Museum

The open floor plan and natural light in this room apart of the "Highlights from the Asian Collection was stunning and absolutely caught my eye. The wooden floors reflected the light onto the artwork in a really soft and beautiful way and the open floor plan made it feel uncluttered and simple, even though there were tons of different pieces along the room. I also really loved the garden outside which had an Asian essence to it as well, and I think the wall of windows really allowed light and beauty to flow in from the outside and compliment the exhibit and room.

Art & Core Values

As a girl who throughly believes that woman's right's are human rights and in the importance of feminism in today's political climate, I knew immediately that this piece would be used for my art and core values section. "Guerrilla Girls" was a group formed amidst of the 1980's feminism movement that sought for more female representation in arts. These cheeky and empowered females brought awareness to gender inequality through posters and visual arts, which is something I respect and admire greatly. The core value of standing up for what you believe in and taking action for it, is incredibly important to me. I love that these women used what they know best, art, to fight back at the art community and really communicate a powerful message. They were fighting for the same gender equality that we are marching for over 30 years later, and there is a sense of pride in being apart of the same movement and continuing their work. This piece instills excitement and hope for me to do the same in my life, inspired by the Guerrilla Girls who advocated for what they believe is right.

Art & the Good Life

I believe this sculpture of "Dancing Ganesh" accurately conveys the Good Life. As a symbol of blessings and wisdom, Ganesh is seen in Hinduism as a "finder of the way". In my opinion, the good life is more experience driven and not necessarily about the end goal of enlightenment. The theme of growth and finding oneself along the journey is represented by Ganesh, who symbolizes the removal of obstacles and perseverance through them. Ganesh's happy posture in this sculpture and full belly embody wisdom and why we endure the suffering of life. Through the lows and times of hardship, it is with the strength and wisdom of Ganesh that we continue through obstacles so we may be just as pot bellied and jolly, and enjoy our own Good Life.

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