Harn Museum of Art By Brittany Hawkins

Medium of the Art / Technique of the Artist
1Midtown Composite by Yvonne Jacquette (1997)

There are many ways in which artists communicate their messages through their art pieces. Yvonne Jacquette’s Midtown Composite has a unique medium of woodcut on Okawara paper. Jacquette uses this technique to portray urban, aerial landscapes. Although this type of scene is familiar in nature, the piece is rearranged to be inconsistent which creates mystery for the viewer. This mystery is further created in the viewer when they realize that they medium of woodcutting creates depth in two dimensions. If this were viewed online, the viewer might not have gotten the impression of the depth that the piece has and would not have appreciated it fully. This piece conveyed a mixture of complexity and mystery.

Design of the Museum
Frida Kahlo on White Bench, New York by Nickolas Muray (1939)

As I walked around the museum, this section caught my attention for a few reasons. One of the reasons why I was intrigued by the section was because it was of one of my favorite artists, Frida Kahlo. The lightening illuminates Frida Kahlo’s portrait which is inviting to the audience to tour the section. Another reason why I find this design appealing because the very entrance of the exhibit appears to be picture frame which is framing Frida Kahlo. This is enjoyable to me because it makes it seem as if Frida Kahlo is also a work of art both figuratively and literally.

Art and Core Values
Mama Baby, Tidal Pools, Trinadad, California by Justine Kurland (2007)

Art is personal and often invokes intimate feelings within its audience. A core value of mine is self-acceptance. Justine Kurland’s art piece Mama Baby, Tidal Pools, Trinadad, California encapsulates this value. The photograph depicts femininity and the relationships between mother and children. Upon further inspection, the piece not only illustrates the women and children in the nude on a beach but demonstrates the community operating in perfect harmony in Utopian manner. It sends a message that women and men should be safe and encouraged to freely express who they are and how they feel without fear and persecution.

Art and the Good Life
Islandia, Goddess of the Healing Waters by Audrey Flack (1988)

Artists tend to illustrate the human condition by using messages that highlight the emotionality and conflicts which humanity encompasses. One theme that has been explored throughout the Good Life course is that of empowerment. Audrey Flack’s Islandia, Goddess of the Healing Waters embodies this theme of empowerment. One must move around the entire sculpture to completely take in the artistic qualities of the piece. This piece involves aspects of equality between men and women. The sculpture has her arms extended in gesture of social healing and rejuvenation. The half-naked nature of the sculpture is an empowerment of femininity and beauty. The sculpture sends a message to restore the power balance of men and women by the empowerment of women.

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Brittany Hawkins

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