Good Life Tour of the Harn Museum Shantel WIlson

Vessel Series I, no. 1

The piece of artwork identified above by Magdalene Anyango N. Odundo is very intricate in its simple beauty. The Vessel Series I enabled me to allow more abstract thinking and appreciate how in depth peoples creativity goes when creating art. For instance, there are qualities of this vase that resemble the Victorian women and also the headdress of some African women. With that being said, i found that these two aspects were most striking because I would not of seen that resemblance at first glance. Overall this medium describes how focused and creative artist can truly be and it made me more open minded when viewing this remainder of the exhibit.

David A. Cofrin Asian Art Wing

The Asian Art wing was particularly appealing to me primarily due to the wood finishes and just the clean-cut nature of the way the artwork was laid out. There was a grand entrance with a window wall that displayed the garden and a smaller more sacred exhibit in the far left corner. Similarly the way the light projected on all the art just right really allowed me to see the detail and beauty in all of the art. The garden reminded me of my psychology class that compared the focus point of asian culture's eyesight to be more on the environment whereas westerners tend to focus more on the individual or central point of a scene. The freshness and soothing buddha art really made me feel calm while in this wing of the museum.

Kore 1991

The Kore represents the beautiful artwork of Anita Huffington and is intended to idealize the human figure but I immediately related this to the premise of most women depicted in museums are typically naked and I find that very unfair and belittling. Women have accomplished great feats throughout history yet their figure seems to carry much more importance than the individual. In essence, this artwork evokes a sense of curiosity in me and makes me wonder why this has been so predominant over the years, but after reading the description I understand that it is intended to honor the women and her beauty. So, in a sense, the Kore permits me to embrace this glory many people hold for women and their figure.

Seated Buddha

Gandhara created this artwork in an effort to combine the beauty of a few different cultures, such as, Classical Greek, Pakistan, the Mediterranean, etc. I particularly enjoy this piece because it ties back to seeking the good life and a lot of the lessons in Siddhartha. Balance and the simplicity in finding happiness and being content with the world around us is very important to a fulfilling lifestyle. I believe the slight smile in the sculpture communicated this theme and I was able to understand the peace in meditation and oneness.

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