Harn Museum of Art Michaela lewellen

I found "Old Man's Cloth" is a tapestry made from bottle-tops of brand-names liquors introduced by colonists. The technique used by El Anatsui is really cool, and I thought this was one of the most creative pieces in the Harn. El Anatsui's use of aluminum and copper is ironic to me, being that cloths are supposed to be soft, and keep you warm, while aluminum and copper are the opposite: hard and cold. If I would have seen it in a picture, rather than in person, I would not have gotten to see the details of each individual bottle cap, which made me appreciate this piece more. It made me realize how much time the artist put into this piece.
My favorite exhibit was the African exhibit.
This exhibit was very historical, and I liked the way they arranged the art. They had manikins spaced out around the room, along with showcases of masks and headwear that the Africans used to use. It was really cool to walk around the room, and enjoy the way they showcased the culture. This picture is of some of my favorite masks in the exhibit. It is crazy to think that they wore these, and to see the specific detail in them. It must have taken a long time to make these.
One of my core values is Christianity. The Bible in Psalm 1119:105 says "Your word is a lamp for my feet, and a light on my path." Which means that God directs us, and guides us. I believe that scripture memory is really important, and that verse says that the Word of God is a lamp for my feet. God uses His word to speak to us, and give us direction. This verse was the first thing I thought of when I saw the "Eighteen-Light Pond Lily Lamp" by Louis Comfort Tiffany.
"Frida Painting The Wounded Table" by Berard Silberstein made me think of what it is to embody the Good Life. We all have different talents that we were born with, some have to do with the way we were created. People who are short tend to be fast runners, while people who are tall are good basketball and volleyball players. My point is that we play to our strengths, and part of embodying the Good Life is finding what you're good at, and what brings you joy, and throwing yourself into it. In this photograph, Frida is embodying the Good Life by painting, something that she is good at and enjoys doing.

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