art & the good life
The piece I chose to represent a theme in Good Life is Islandia, Goddess of the Healing Waters by Audrey Flack. This piece relates to the theme of embodying the good life because of the importance of her body and pose. The theme is evoked because Islandia is in a stance that represents power but softness at the same time. Her hand is up like a warrior which is powerful, but her other hand is out offering help with has an element of softness. The idea of the piece is that women can be both fighters and lovers at the same time, regardless of what others think based on one's body. My understanding of the theme is enhanced because the piece depicts a sense of innate equality that women have with men that is brushed aside due to society believing that one body is superior to another. The understanding of the body and appreciation of it determines one's role in life, which we discuss in Good Life.