Tour of UF's Harn Musuem BY Josephine St-Cyr

Medium of the Art / Technique of the Artist

The artwork that stood out to me the most was the Okakagbe Masquearade Costume. Seeing this artwork in person has made me feel more connected to it. During high school, I took the AP Art History course where we learned about how the different cultures expressed their selves through their artwork. We covered the Ebo tribe of Nigeria and how they created mask and costume to help them connect to the spirits. When we were shown pictures of the masks and costume, I thought to myself that these cheap masks couldn't have helped them connect to the Gods. As I was looking at the details of the artworks, I could imagine all that hard work they put into the pieces. It was though the legacy will forever love on through the masterpieces.

Design of the Museum

The wing that caught my eyes was the the one that included the Asian collection. Entering the area was a huge difference from the rest of the museum. The museum's wall was the standard white color while the Asian collection area was mostly covered in nice, vibrant tile like walls. Walking around and seeing the different artworks opened my eyes to the type of talent that is all over the world. It felt as if I was walking through a fancy house located in Asia's most popular town. These decorations have truly inspired me to think about customizing my dream house to reflect the Asian culture.

Art and Core Values

the artworks that touched me was the one shown above, At first, my friends and I were making fun of the position of the sculpture. It was not until I got in the car and stared at the photo when I realized that this picture has a bigger meaning behind it. I tried to search up the name of it but I didn't get any results. This picture represents one of my core values, which is self-expression. Growing up overweight, I was ashamed to be myself around other because I was afraid of being judged. As I matured, I came to my senses and realized that the opinions of others should not affect who I am. I must embrace who I am and flaunt everything that was given to me by the Holy One. This sculpture is a physical representation of how I feel in the inside now. "Be free and be you."

Art and the Good Life

The artwork that represent the Good Life theme to me are hose in the section of Frida Kahlo. Frida Kahlo was a Mexican painter who is still looked up to today as a feminist icon. At a young age, she contracted polio that left her with a limp due to the damage of her right leg and foot. She didn't let that slow her down because she still participated in activities such as swimming, soccer, and wrestling to help aid wit the recovery process. She went through other hurdles such as being hit by a bus and cheated on with her sister. She managed to get through it and still be able to enjoy her life a famous painter. During her final years, she managed to still paint portraits while having limited mobility. Her legacy still remains many years after her death. Her "Blue House" is now a museum that is visited by thousands. It helps me understand that you cannot let the obstacles stop you from being the best you can be.

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