Good Life Tour of the Harn By; Kristin Recker

Medium of the Art/Technique of the Artist

One of the artworks that truly intrigued me was the “Black Flame” by Tanaka Tomomi. Although I have provided pictures below, they do not do it justice. This artwork was strategically twisted and interconnected to create something amazing. Seeing it in person allowed me to see the effect of the black stoneware, making it look wild and strong. A picture cannot resemble the strength and resiliency that is evident when staring it in the face. The thing that really stood out to me about this work was the sparkling black stone and the delicate detail in the flames. Each of the three flames were different and had several layers to them. To me, this resembled growth. At every stage of life we are going experience different things and learn lessons that will shape us into our own big flames. Through each layer of life, we grow stronger and stronger and become unique individuals. This artwork evoked passion and confidence within me.

"The Flame"

Design of the Museum

One exhibit in the museum that was particularly appealing to me was the garden in the Asian Art Wing. These Asian-themed gardens were supposedly designed by Hoichi Kurisu of Kurisu International. My favorite of these gardens was the water garden (pictured below). Not only was it a perfect day, but the flowing water of the garden provided me with peace and tranquility. It was so beautiful. One of my favorite things about it was that it was like you actually stepped into a garden in Asia; you no longer felt like you were in a museum in Florida. The use of space and the arrangement of all the beautiful rocks and flowers made me never want to leave. It was also a good break from being inside.

Art and Core Values

One of my favorite artworks was “Family’ by Agustin Cárdenas. This work appealed to my core value of love because family is something I do not take lightly. I love my family so much and could not imagine life without them. This visual representation really speaks to me because it shows three people who are all interconnected yet on separate paths. To me, this means that no matter where life takes you, you will always have your family to fall back on; they are the core from which you build yourself up on. This artwork instills love and desire to one day have a family of my own. It helps me better understand what is truly important in being happy and achieving the good life.


Art and the Good Life

An artwork that I thought conveyed a Good Life theme was “Three girls holding hands, Sertāo da Paraíba, Brazil” by Sebastiāo Salgado. These three young girls who had been captured were holding hands. At such a young age, they had already been through so much and had so little. For this reason, I believe this artwork conveys how we need to be grateful for what we have. In this day and age, it is so easy to overlook the little things like a bed to sleep in at night that we forget how great we really have it. The Good Life theme depicted in the art is about seeking the good life and finding what is sacred and important to us. These girls' sad faces and frail bodies allows me to truly appreciate what life has to offer. It helps me understand that life isn’t about looking like a Barbie or having the latest iPhone but rather about being with those I care about most and not taking it for granted.

"Three girls holding hands"


I took all of these photos. 

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