Harn Museum of Art by: Mark Rivera

This artwork is called "Black Flame" and was done by Tanaka Tomomi, it is a small pillar of flame made from stone. Seeing it in person enabled me to see the art from a different perspective. It allowed me to get up close and personal with it and assisted me in seeing the art in ways I hadn't before. What I found so striking about this piece is the material with which it was created and the color of it when related to the name. Fire is unpredictable, uncontrollable and most of all temporary. It bends with the wind and goes where its taken, this work being made with stone contradicts all of that. Stone is rigid, immobile and to some extent long lasting, or even permanent. These characteristics along with this pieces black color - compared to fires typical vibrant reds, yellows and oranges - are what drew me to this piece and enabled it to stand out amongst the rest.

This wing of the museum, the David A. Cofrin Asian Art Wing, was by far my favorite area of the museum. The majority of the museum is filled with crowded corridors and some smaller rooms; however, this wing is completely open, with plentiful space and large windows to let copious amounts of sunshine through. This use of an open floor plan really appealed to me and the light that was always shining through always puts me in a good mood. Overall, this wing in the museum is my favorite because of its large open space and the large windows that let sunshine pour in whenever they are open.

This image is of an artwork of a seated Buddhist that refuses to reach enlightenment so that he may help others trying to do the same. This artwork spoke to me because one of my main core values is helping others and supporting others. I am a person that gets more joy doing things for others rather than myself; therefore, this piece spoke to me deeply because this Buddhist gives up his life long goal just so he can help others pursue theirs and this made me appreciate my value of helpfulness and selflessness much more. In short, this artwork and what it stands for greatly parallels one of my most treasured values, and seeing this piece enabled me to appreciate this value even more than I already do.

The artwork showcased in this picture is called "Negros y mulatas" by an artist named Pedro Figari. This artist often painted, or created, art about African folk dances, social historical topics and local celebrations. This piece specifically shows a small family gathering and celebration. To me this represents the good life with the themes of family and community in mind. Both of these ideals are very close to my heart and are core characteristics of the good life for me. This work evokes these themes by depicting a jovial family gathering; filled with music, instruments, and even a pet. The communal feeling given off by this picture allows it to exemplify the ideals of family and community and although this piece didn't teach me to appreciate these ideals more, I do believe this art perfectly encapsulated what it means to live the good life.

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