A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit the University of Florida's Samuel P. Harn Museum with two of my friends, Angelica and Sara. While visiting the Harn, I was greatly inspired by the many works of art presented. Each piece made me feel a certain type of way, whether it was happiness, grief, wonder, or anger. I always enjoy touring museums and admiring artwork, so visiting the Harn Museum was incredible.
Medium of the Art/Technique of the Artist:
The sculpture in the images above is entitled Pli Selon Pli, which was created by Japanese artist, Yo Akiyama, in 2002. The very rough and jagged artwork was created entirely out of ceramics. Pli Selon Pli really stood out to me in the museum. The texture varied along the surface of the sculpture, starting off smooth and turning into rough edges. I was also overwhelmed by the length and size of the sculpture. My initial thoughts when I saw Pli Selon Pli were What is it? What was the process of creating it? What inspired the artist to create this piece of artwork? I related the sculpture back to life in general. We are born pure, starting off with a clean, smooth surface. Each crack and wrinkle on the sculpture represent our new experiences. As we grow older, we are introduced to new things (both good and bad). The sculpture started to give me a nostalgic feeling. While admiring it, I began to reflect on my own life. Even though we don't realize it, we are aging quickly. Currently, I am in the middle of still being a teenager and becoming an adult. In a few years, my childhood will be ending and I will be entering adulthood, which means taking on more responsibilities than I would like to. If I were to relive my preadolescent and adolescent years, I would try not to anticipate adulthood and keep my mind set on my youth. You have your whole life to be an adult, but you have only a limited amount of time to be a kid.
Design of the Museum:
The layout of the Intra-Action: Women Artists exhibit really intrigued me. This great exhibit really caught my eye because of the large amount of space within the museum. All of the artwork were scattered around the walls of the room, which created a vast space within the middle. I enjoyed this wing of the museum because the bright, vibrant colors of the artwork contrasted with the white walls, which really made all the pieces pop. I also liked how this exhibit celebrated the work of talented female artists. Throughout history and still to this day, men and women have been treated unequally; women don't get the same rights and privileges that men do. Although gender equality has greatly improved since then, it is important to celebrate the accomplishments and success of women.