Art & The Good Life Jeremy Griffith


This work, "Ode a l'Oubli" by Louise Bourgeois is a collection of tapestries from a book. The artist chose tapestry to reflect a childhood growing up within her parents textile business and the assortment of patterns and associated feelings portrays the complex emotional relationship she, like many others, has with her upbringing. The medium serves the purpose of connecting the viewer to a moment in the artist's life, with each individual "page" reflecting a different emotional point or memory in the "story" of the artist's childhood. This couldn't be accomplished without the medium being textiles, serving the purpose of being simultaneously beautiful and evocative. The art is inherently feminist as well, with themes of fighting against the objectification of women and expectations placed upon her as a woman coming through in the individual pieces and further reflected through the physical medium of tapestry, a traditionally womanly tradition. I appreciated the art through its storytelling despite not being able to emotionally connect with it because it dealt with themes beyond my breadth of understanding mostly because of the medium and delivery in seperate pages.

museum design

The Asian wing of the museum's architectural space was one that resonated deeply with me. The large windows and natural lighting accompanied with the beautiful meditation garden outside enhanced the spiritual connection with nature and tranquility that Asian artwork traditionally focuses on. The high ceilings and exposed wood creates an "outdoorsy" space within the interior and highlights the wholesome earthiness of Asian art, particularly in ceramic and sculpture. The space makes you feel small compared to the vastness of nature and forces a reverent respect for the artwork. However, the natural light and tranquility makes you aware of where you are in space, which speaks to a deeper theme of knowing your place in a larger interconnected system, again reiterating themes of Asian art. I personally loved how the space made me feel. It was tranquil and promoted inflection, which was really kind of beautiful. It also made for great selfie lighting, which never hurts.

art and core values

This work spoke volumes to me. I consider myself a person who cherishes the liminal spaces and times in life and I try to seek beauty in the everyday minutia of life. I saw that reflected more or less within this work. The bright, messy colors stand out against a bland cityscape, and as an urban planning major, I instantly can connect to the experience of being in a city and becoming engulfed in the monotony of the repeated forms, only to come a cross a radiant work of beauty sort of like this marquee is. I think that experience speaks to the overall way I live for these small moments of in-between and it reminds me to cherish the small moments of beauty in life.

Art and the good life

This map of (what I think is Rome) reflects the good life in so far that it made me think about the scale of the human experience and how quickly things change. I'm a sustainability major and so, a cartographer. I work with maps a whole lot, and being able to spatially sort out space from a map is a skill I consider myself to have. I know how space effects people and vice versa and looking at a map has different meaning when you know how to read it, so I got more out of this than some marketing major would. This piece reflected the theme of "sharing" the good life. It reminded me of just how small we are while simultaneously reminding me that we can achieve so much when we work together. Rome is an absolutely epic city, but it was built to last without modern technology, which is amazing. To see the plans of a ancient city that still stands today reminds me just what humans are capable of through cooperation.

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