James and the Harn a love story

The Korean Water Droppers and Craftsmanship
Seeing these tools helped instill in me the level of quality and craftsmanship that went into making them. Their physical presence reminds me how these seemingly defunct artifacts were once used regularly by people to pour water. I'm reminded that these embody a niche yet tantalizing corner of upper class Korean culture. They serve as a window into a world wholly different from my own. This entire concept brings a smile to my face. There's always been something about seeing into another world through odd means that has always filled me with a bit of whimsy.
A Heave to Unfold and Room Design
The vast, open setting of A Heave to Unfold gives it the breathing room it needs to flourish. The natural lighting coming in from the garden consequently gives the room and its pieces a more natural vibe. It challenges you to compare the piece more to the natural world. The hardwood mahogany too contributes to this singular effect. Overall, A Heave to Unfold is set up to succeed before its even been presented. When combined with its spacious and uncluttered environment, all of the viewer's attention turns to the piece. It rises up and undulates from the floor, relaxed. Being here simultaneously put me at ease and creates a tension. A Heave grabbed my attention, and despite its relaxed posture, appeared confrontational. With so little else going on in the room, it was just you and the art. It was a passive, inner contest of wills. And the fact that being in the right room made that happen is a little bit incredible.
Francisco Goya Is Terrifying
There's something about Francisco De Goya's art that is completely and utterly unnerving. Everytime I look at it, I feel smaller. It stares me down with the most primal fears humanity has. The unknown and mysterious terrors that stalk his pictures are constructed to represent our fears. Often times they don't even feel like specific fears. They simply represent the dark, unknown forces that constantly dog at the human psyche. They are looming yet subversive. They are powerful yet restrained. But the very idea that they are present is absolutely terrifying. No other art makes my feel like that. It makes me reflect on one of my least favorite emotions, my fear. Goya strikes cords in me that I make efforts to bury, a testament to his skill as an artist. Hopefully the more I confront these horrors in his work, the more capable I am of confronting fear elsewhere.
The Good Life and The Struggle
When I see this picture, I see human anguish summed up pretty nicely in one photo. A large group of people coming together, often not by choice, and being worked to the bone. What impresses me the most about this picture though is its scale. Humans are social creatures, and it seem that we tend to suffer in groups as well. In relation to the Good Life, it reminds me of what the Good Life isn't. If anyone's Good Life involves the exploitation of another's, then it isn't one worth having. How valid is one's fulfillment if it comes at the cost of someone else's?

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