The Harn Museum Isabella Demino

Medium of Art/Technique of the Artist

Asuka, TSUBOI. Refined Silk: Kyoto Wave. 1932, Stoneware, Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL. By Isabella DeMino. "Refined Silk: Kyoto Wave" 2017. JPEG.

Upon first glance at this stoneware piece, I saw just an ordinary vase. But as I further examined it, I noticed every crevice and fold and became intrigued by the resemblance to crumpled paper. The way that the sections of pattern exist outside the three-dimensional borders creates a sense of mystery as to how the piece became bent. The opening of the vase is circled by loops which protrude outwards. The photograph I took of the piece does not do it justice. The piece is extremely intricate and with minor knowledge of ceramics could have taken multiple attempts. It was my viewing of it in person and my ability to view it from almost three hundred and sixty degrees that allowed me to understand the whole picture the artist was trying to create. For me, the piece instilled a sense of calm. I could imagine the artist creating every intricate detail of the patterns and forming the perfect vase. Then I felt cathartic as I imagined the vase being gently pushed from the top to create the bends and crevices. It should be made clear that I do not know for sure if that exact procedure was used to create the piece but, if I were to attempt something similar, that is how I would go about it.

Design of the Museum

"Within the Asian Collection of the Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL." 2017. JPEG.

I really enjoyed the set up of the Asian exhibit. It was designed to appear empty with every art piece lining the wall or back up to a pillar. In the center of the room is two large pieces shown above. The empty space surrounding the pieces allows for a better viewing of them from every angle. Also, the way that the pieces lined up against the wall gave the appearance that the room is actually empty but upon closer inspection there are hundreds of pieces. The pieces are also extremely intricate so in order to truly appreciate them one must look very closely. The layout of the room draws visitors in and aides in the appreciation of the complex pieces. I also thoroughly enjoyed being able to see the rock garden from every area of the room. It added to the air of tranquility provided in the exhibit.


Guerrilla Girls. The Advantages of Being a Woman Artist. 1988, print, Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, Fl. By Isabella DeMino. "The advantages of me being a woman artist". 2017. JPEG.
Guerrilla Girls. Women in America Earn Only 2/3 of What Men Do. 1985. Print, Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL. By Isabella DeMino. "Money and I as a Woman." 2017. JPEG.

Personally, I value justice as one of my highest personal values. I believe that everyone should have equal opportunities regardless of their race, ethnicity, language, socioeconomic, sexual orientation, and gender. Gender equality especially strikes home to me being a woman growing up in America. I have learned to greatly appreciate how far equality has come in realms such as occupations and voting but I am also starkly aware of the changes that need to be made in healthcare access and everyday life. When I came across this exhibit at the Harn Art Museum, I was in awe. I was previously knowledgeable about the Guerrilla Girls as most progressive adult females are. The prints which serve as silent political protests resonate deep within in me. I have dedicated my own life to fighting for justice so that women in generations after me can be born with it. Both pieces by the Guerrilla Girls shown above evoke a sense of encouragement in me knowing that gender equality has come so far yet also a sense of urgency to get my life to the point where I can fight for women’s rights.

The Good Life

DeMino, Isabella. "A collection of photos from the Contemporary wing of the Harn Art Museum in Gainesville, FL." 2017. JPEG.

These photographs of average people convey a common theme for the good life: it is different for every person. What the average American might view as the good life is too far out of reach for impoverished third-world country citizens. Each individual chooses to pursue a good life which will not lead them to frustration of the goal being too unattainable. For example, an individual that owns very little will take higher value in relationships than a monetarily wealthier person. Each culture places different values on different lifestyles and it is important to realize that when assessing what makes a life “good”. These photographs highlight different cultures values and the existence of subcultures within them. I was so happy while viewing these photos because I knew that someone had captured them and others had viewed them. A part of my good life is observing the raw state of other cultures and realizing other people have a different view of the good life.


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