Tour of the HARN By: Alicia Megnath

Medium of the Art/Technique of the Artist: One of the pieces that I really thought was interesting was the "White Closed-Form Vessel" by Toshiko Takaezu. This piece might not look that appealing at first to many, but as I stared at it and admired the details of it, I realized just how unique Takaezu's techniques are. The piece is different from others in the fact that it is not super flashy or colorful--Takaezu uses more subtle and tones, making her art more natural and earthy looking. Being able to see her work in person allowed me to take in more of the fine points of her work. If I would have seen a photo online, I feel as if I wouldn't have been able to appreciate the distinctiveness of her craft. Her artwork made me feel calm, while still portraying the intense beauty of it.

White Closed-Form Vessel

Design of the Museum: The section of the museum that I really enjoyed was the Asian art and culture. This section was very interesting to me because it really allowed visitors to understand the arts and values of Asian culture through the paintings and sculptures. By arranging the museum this way, I was really able to walk around and observe the differences in culture and notice the intricate details of Asian art. It allowed me to gain useful insight about their civilization, but also it was very engaging and it encouraged me to learn about the different techniques each culture exploits. One aspect I really enjoyed was the Asian garden. It was truly beautiful and it was a nice addition to the Asian wing of the museum. It was something much more memorable than any sculptures or paintings.

Asian Gardens

Arts and Core Values: One of the paintings that really stood out to me in the Harn was the one below. It depicts a family migrating away from their home in search to a new land of opportunity. This art really captured my attention because it illustrated one of my core values--family. I believe that over all, family is always one aspect that should be imperative in everyone's life. The painting does such a beautiful job portraying the importance of family. It demonstrates that even when one has lost almost everything important, your family will always be there to guide you. This painting made me realize how truly grateful for the bond between me and my family members. Even just coming to UF, I couldn't have been here if it weren't for their love and endless support.

Family Painting

Art and the Good Life: This painting really spoke to me because I think it truly captured what is meant by "the Good Life." The picture is two women who appear to be sisters. From their faces, they look as if they are in distress. Even though this might not seem like a "good life," this art is able to illustrate human suffering. This is one of the themes we addressed just last week and I feel that this painting was really able to convey that theme very well. Though they look as if they are experiencing hardship, they seem to handling the situation well. This painting encourages you to look at your own situation and come to appreciate all the good things you have and realize that many of the problems you face are just minor obstacles.

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