This first piece, Islandia: Goddess of the Healing Waters, is a statue that I find very calming and beautiful. Although it is amazing in pictures, in person there isn’t anything quite like it. I could never create an art piece such as this, that captured the essence of the heavens. Dipped in a gold that changes depending on where the light strikes, this piece exudes freeing energy. The piece appears to be multiple mediums with the accessories, wings and cloth. If this thought is true, then this statue goes outside the box: adding to the idea of freedom!
Every exhibit was displayed beautifully in The Harn, but The Asian Collection caught my eye. The structures within the exhibit were so strange and deformed: definitely not something I would expect to see in this exhibit. Initially I didn’t feel the urge to enter the room until I saw that the wall on the opposite side was actually a massive window! That is what drew me in. As I pursued the glass wall, I began to notice the art around me. The space was very open, with maybe ten artworks and displays scattered around. I stopped at a few, out of curiosity because the pieces looked so strange. In fear of losing my train of thought I made my way to the window and when I got there I was in awe. I saw what made me think of a giant terrarium! This display was calming and relaxing to me. I wanted to find a place to sit and read a book for a while, but that didn’t happen because my friend ripped me from my fantasy by dragging me to the next exhibit!
Past Audrey Flack’s, Goddess of the Healing Waters, but still in the Intra-Action Women Artists Collection there were a series of pictures. Composed of multimedia and bright colors, these pieces made it obvious of their message: equality/feminism. Personally, I think it goes deeper in the direction of being open minded, which is a value that it very important to me. Yes there remain issues of gender inequality, but those will never go away unless people open their minds to new ideas or perspectives. This particular piece above is quite comical to me, as is the rest of the display- not in a demeaning way though. The entire series is a satire that poking fun at none other than men. It is no doubt biased and one sided, like most people. People feel the need to be on one extreme or the other, never in the middle. Observing these pictures made me appreciate my own values and showed me that while one side may be right, it doesn’t mean that the other side is wrong.
I know we haven’t been introduced to the module yet, but I think the photo above shows someone who owned the good life. Frida is someone I look up to. She made it through obstacles in her life and came out stronger and better. Going against the grain isn’t something many people do, in fear of being excluding or ridiculed. In the the photographs, you can see Frida is beautiful, in an untraditional way for that time period, but nonetheless, she radiates beauty. Her confidence in her clothing, her hair and in who she was; it is apparent in every picture. Frida Kahlo did what she wanted without apology. I admire her motivation to be exactly who she chose to be, not what others wanted to see. She owned who she was and that is what life is all about. No one is going to care for you or your goals more than yourself, so what is the point in walking on eggshells just to make sure that everyone else is satisfied before you?