Medium of the Art / Technique of the Artist: The piece of art below is entitled Women's Wedding Ensemble. It is made of cloth, silk, and cotton and has a very detailed design down the middle of the torso and on the legs. It is a vastly different experience to view this piece in person rather than looking at this picture. When viewing this piece up close, I was able to notice the detail of the stitching as well as look at the complex patterns closer than you can in this picture. Additionally, I was able to see backside of this piece as well. The thing I found most striking about this piece was the attention to detail in the stitching and patterns. The combination of off-white, maroon, and black also works very well together. This type of clothing was worn during a 7 day wedding festival by Egyptian women. Knowing this, viewing this artwork makes me feel more educated about other cultures and customs.
My clothes are very boring compared to the complex patterns of Women's Wedding Ensemble.
Design of the Medium: The vast majority of the artwork in the Harn is indoors. This makes sense because the artwork should be protected from the elements. However, I really enjoyed the outdoor section of the museum. One piece that definitely stood out to me was a giant wooden vase. This is the type of art that I think belongs outside because I think it would have been outside during its original purposes. I really enjoyed how the outdoor artwork was illuminated by the sun, rather than dim ceiling lights. I think that the small outdoor section of the Harn was a good change of scenery, and I think it is a completely necessary addition to the museum because without it, the entire museum would be too similar and the pieces wouldn't stand out from one another, in my opinion.
Based on this picture, I would say this vase is 6'9", which is without a doubt the largest vase I've ever seen.
Art and Core Values: The painting below is called The Woodcutter and it was painted by Robert Gwathmey. It depicts sharecroppers in the 1930's cutting down trees for lumber. Before I go any further, it is important to know that I do not condone the past mistreatment of any race, and it is in no way why I chose this piece. I chose this piece because it appeals to probably my most cherished core value, which is hard work and determination. The two men in this painting were not given favorable conditions to live under, but despite that they work hard for the chance to one day advance in life. This value, the refusal to give up no matter the situation, is something I try to live by every day. The main emotion I felt when looking at this painting was inspiration. It inspires me to be the best at everything I do and not take my situation in life for granted. It helps me cherish the fortunate life I have been given.
The Woodcutter spoke to my inner emotions more than any other piece.
Art and the Good Life: The last piece of art I want to talk about is called Tokyo Street with Pachinko Parlor II by Yvonne Jacquette. This piece I believe displays the Good Life in a couple ways. Firstly, the vibrant colors used in this piece (bright red, blue, green, and yellow) spark happiness and excitement. I believe that happiness is the most important aspect of the good life, ipso facto, this piece represents the good life. Secondly, and probably more importantly, this piece depicts a busy Tokyo street with many people busy with their own lives. Each person is trying to achieve the good life in their own way. People going into the building are probably going to be entertained, maybe some people in traffic are going home, a few may be going to work. No what, every person in this painting is trying to achieve the good life, whether they know it or not. With that said, it made me realize that I am not the only one trying to be happy in life, and I have learned to respect others' pursuit of happiness along with my own.
I was originally drawn to this piece because of its extremely bright and beautiful colors.