Islandia, Goddess of the Healing Waters
Medium of the Art/Technique of the Artist
This statue was the first thing I saw when I walked into the museum and it caught my attention immediately. Sitting front and center in the middle of the walkway, Islandia is a beautiful piece of art with great detail and attention. The sculptor, Audrey Flack, used bright colors, specific proportions, and precise scale to make the sculpture look like a real person. Seeing this statue in person was great because I could really appreciate it as something that was sculpted by hand. If i saw it on a website or in a magazine, I don't think I would be able to truly understand how much it must have taken Flack to build this piece or art. I looked at the statue as a welcoming figure, and it made me feel like I was being greeted as I walked through the museum doors.
Elusive Spirits: African Masquerades
Design of the Museum
Susan Cooksey, Curator of African Art
This was by far my favorite wing of the Harn Museum. Walking through this African Masquerade exhibit made me feel like I was taken back in time to when the artwork was created. I specifically liked how the exhibit was laid out. When I first walked in, I saw the African figure in the picture above and it had my attention immediately. The lighting in the room created these shadows of the figurines that almost brought them to life. However, my favorite part of the African Masquerade wing was the divider in the middle. It can be a simple and easily overlooked part of the room, but it played a huge role in my experience of the artwork. It made the pieces seem bigger than they actually were which again took me back in time and made the past feel like the present.
Art and Core Values
Gandhara, 4th-5th Century
The Seated Buddha was the piece of artwork that represented my core values the most. It reminded my of my religion and the different aspects that I live my life by. My favorite part of the statue is the fact that his right arm is missing. Gandhara, the creator of the statue originally made the Buddha with his right arm facing outward to symbolize reassurance. This really spoke to me because it made the statue seem very welcoming, which is one of the characteristics I strive to be every day. The artist also incorporated different cultures such as Greek and Roman into the art. I admired this because it made the Buddha seem universal and accepting of multiple religions, like my own. This trait of accepting is also one that I want to be described as by others.
Tiangis Arial Reflex
Art and the Good Life
Tiangis Arial Reflex is a depiction of of an urban city area. Contrasting the bright colors of the vendors' tents and the gray colors of the tall buildings, the artwork shows how city life can be both abstract and simple at the same time. When I think of the Good Life, I imagine myself living in the heart of a big city. I have lived in the suburbs my whole life, but have traveled to places like Chicago and Atlanta and have had the opportunity to see just how a big city functions. Opportunity would be the theme I think Tiangis represents. To live in a city like the one depicted above would open up so many opportunities for myself, while at the same time provide me with happiness knowing that I have accomplished my goal of living in a big time city.