Medium of the Art/Technique of the Artist. Tomomi, Tanaka. Black Flame. 1983.
The piece that I am next to in this photo is made of stoneware and called Black Flame, created by Tanaka Tomomi. I chose to include this sculpture because I found the design of the flames very interesting. If you look closely at the ripples of the flame, the form of a rose can be seen. If not seen in person, it is very likely that the form of the rose could be overlooked or missed since it requires a specific angle to see it. The rose that I saw in this piece is what made it stand out to me above the other beautiful pieces in the museum. Whether or not this rose was intentional, it still communicated a message to me. Flames are hot and dangerous, roses are soft and beautiful. There is such a huge contrast between these two things yet I could see them intertwined in this piece. To me, this was a way of saying that we can find beauty, gentleness, and pleasantness in even the most unexpected places and situations.
The design of the museum included many open spaces. This specific wing of the museum, which held many ceramic and stoneware pieces was the most enjoyable room for me. There are many reasons that I enjoyed this area and chose to include this room. Foremost, the dim lighting in this area allowed for the wall of windows leading to the garden to fill the room with natural light. In the daytime this room would be very pleasant and bright from the outdoor light, and in the afternoon the dim lights provide a relaxing feel. The entire museum and especially this room utilized big open spaces to allow for a calm atmosphere and prevent guests from feeling flustered.
Art and Core Values. Rivera, Diego. Road Worker. 1945.
This piece, titled Road Worker, was drawn with charcoal on rice paper by the internationally famous artist Diego Rivera. He created this to celebrate the dignity of the poor. It was meant to create a visual diary of the daily life of a Mexican in the lower class. This piece appeals to me because I very much value hard work and doing what is necessary to provide for yourself and family, and I value my blessings. The visual representation of this core value in the form of a worker performing very hard labor through road work reminds me that there are people out there working much harder for much less than I will ever need to. Therefore, this reminds me to always remember how blessed I am.
Art and the Good Life. Pavilion-Form Confucian Altar. Jose Dynasty. 1392-1910.
This pavilion is a historic piece of art that completely represents the connection between art and the good life. The piece shown here was used as an ancestral altar in someone's home sometime in the 19th century. This means that ancestral related objects were placed inside and stored in this pavilion as a way of honoring and remembering ancestors. This represents the good life to me because it exhibits the great importance that people have placed on family since the beginning of time. As explained in Dr. Brown's TedTalk, relationships and connection are necessary to most people in building the good life. Achieving these connections, protecting my family and familial relationships, and remembering and honoring family throughout my life is something that I find crucial to building my good life,