The Harn By Jessica Pearce

Medium of the Art/Technique of the Artist

20th century, hand-dyed cotton damask, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville.

This is a hand-dyed cotton damask also known as bazin in Africa. I found this bazin to be particularly striking because of the dyeing technique the artist uses. The mixing of the yellow, purple, and white dye in parts of the bazin makes the piece prettier than it would be with no merging of the colors. I also liked that the pattern on the bazin is asymmetrical. The asymmetry made me happy because it revealed that a piece does not need to be perfectly symmetric to be beautiful, thus I do not need to be perfect to have a beautiful life.

Design of the Museum

Asian Collection, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville.

I found the Asian Collection Exhibit at the Harn to be appealing because it used outdoor space to make the exhibit more authentic. An Asian garden could be seen through the main, large window and made me feel as if I was really in an Asian country while I observed the artwork inside the museum.

Art and Core Values

López, George. Archangel Raphael. Mid-20th century, wood sculpture, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville.

One of my core values is my belief in Christianity. This piece is a wooden sculpture of the Christian Archangel Raphael, the angel of healing. The sculpture instills reverence and joy toward God and His creation of beings such as angels. Because I had this reaction, I was able to better understand how deep my faith in Christianity is and how much I value this belief.

Art and the Good Life

Lizama, Silvia. I-95 Construction. 1990, hand-painted gelatin silver print, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville.

The Good Life theme depicted in this artwork is the transitory nature of life. This photograph pictures I-95 construction, but it appears to be a picture of ancient ruins. This demonstrates the concept that human existence, from ancient to modern times, degrades. Degradation puts an emphasis on the fact that our lives as humans are short-lived and go by quickly, so we ought to make the most of our lives and do everything we can to make a difference in the world while we are still here.

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