On November 22, 2016, I had the opportunity to visit the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art. During this specific visit, I focused solely on what constitutes a good life, both artistically and architecturally. Within the 40,000 square feet museum, as well as the surrounding exterior, I took the time to resonate on what qualifies as a good life, and I am excited to share this experience with you!
This first piece is a prime example of an artist's unique style and technique. Artist, Melanie Smith has lived in Mexico City, photographed here, since 1989. According to the background card, it has been her focus to capture minute details and panoramas of urban areas. What struck me specifically was her attention to abstract and architectural detail. The piece is not just a photograph. Instead, looking closely it is noticeable that there are several photographs and mirrored images seamlessly put together. After studying the piece, I noticed that the abstract focus creates a departure from the hustle of urban life. When in a city, everything is moving at such a fast pace. Instead of highlighting that here, Smith tries to put an end to stressful city life by illustrating the effects of materialism. Smith does an excellent job displaying her personal style in this piece, and I found it very compelling.