Harn Museum of Art By: Caridad Dominguez

Medium of the Art / Technique of the Artist

El Anatsui. Old Man's Cloth. 2003. Aluminum and copper wire. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL.

Old Man's Cloth combines royal Ghanaian artwork with a history of colonialism and waste. I believe this piece can only truly be appreciated in person for the medium it is made up of. From a distance, the piece simply looks like a multi-colored metallic cloth, but at a closer glance, it is revealed that the components that make up the metallic cloth are discarded bottle tops of liquor bottles introduced by colonists to Ghana. It is remarkable how much these bottle top strips can be used to resemble the kente cloth. Upon discovery of Old Man's Cloth, I felt awe-struck to know that something as horrible as pollution and a symbol for colonialism can be transformed into a beautiful piece of art.


I particularly enjoyed these walls in the middle of this exhibit. I appreciated how it stuck out and was the center of the room, as if an art piece itself. The muted blue color of the walls meshed well with the tranquil pieces that hung upon each section. I felt very peaceful, yet exposed in this "corner" of the exhibit. I thought the small section was odd, but I enjoyed its aesthetic.

Art and Core Values

Dancing Ganesh. 13th Century. Black stone. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL.

This pot-bellied and jolly son of Hindu gods is a representation of problem-solving and "finder of ways". This sculpture represents my core value of "keep moving forward". Despite the obstacles life places in one's path, it is important to remain optimistic and I resonate with this sculpture on that value. This artwork instills hope in me because it demonstrates how vital persistence is for fulfillment, even in India in the 13th century.

Art and the Good Life

Peaches. 18th Century. Jade. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL.

Seeking the Good Life means following what we believe will lead us to happiness. For me, these jade fruits represent what everyone searches for in a Good Life. The fruits symbolize long life and prosperity, through riches and future family generations. This demonstrates to me the important matters in my life, such as family and success. It adds to my belief that a good life has meaning when with loved ones, and opens my eyes to the idea of a legacy. Perhaps each person can leave a lasting mark on this world through their children or their children's children.


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