“The Swimming Pool” by Henri Matisse and “sans papiers” by Lê Thị Diễm Thúy both bring to light what it truly means to breathe life into things. The fluidity of Matisse’s artwork stands out as you scan the piece. Each shape and figure adds to the wave of emotions that…


Haruki Murakami’s acceptance speech, “Always on the side of the Egg” explains a unique metaphor of the egg and the wall. I and most likely many others have different interpretations of Murakami’s metaphor. However, it’s certain that no matter the meaning drawn from his words, the message still retains its…


The poem, “My Grandmother Washes Her Feet in the Sink of the Bathroom at Sears” by Mohja Kahf tells an interesting story about the truth of diversity in America. Reading the title, I was intrigued. To me, the title was strangely specific and lengthy. I found it to be somewhat…


The statue of Ozymandias; the everlasting encapsulation of a king’s pride. A statue made for Ozymandias, the King of Kings, in honor of his achievements that leave others in awe. Its shattered remains although barely intact, give us insight into life before ours. Recognizable features and discernible emotions are instilled…


After reading “To converse with the greats” by Vera Pavlova I found the poem to be confusing and difficult to interpret. The poem feels as though it ends prematurely, leaving readers with an abrupt finish to an incomplete thought. It’s unclear as to what the intentions of Vera Pavlova were…


After reading “Getting Picked” by Seth Godin, it’s apparent that the only person who knows your worth is yourself. However, in today’s society, getting picked is a sign of approval and that your efforts have not gone to waste. As children, we are led to believe that our worth was…


Two billion heartbeats to spend, yet our life has no guarantee. Two billion heartbeats to spend, yet millions lost wandering. Two billion heartbeats to spend, but millions more lost in the pursuit of happiness. At the mercy of the world, we only look to make the most of what little…


The unique philosophy behind the artworks of Agnes Martin raises interesting questions by challenging the meaning of art itself. In John Green’s “The Anthropocene Reviewed” podcast, he covers works of visual art by Agnes Martin and explains their controversial ideas and themes. I found myself most curious when Green said…


The many works of Ed Ruscha have changed the art world and how I perceive the word “art” itself. The phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words” has stuck with me since I’ve first heard it, and since then I find myself looking for a deeper meaning in everything


In Nathaniel Mary Quinn’s painting, “Mend”, Quinn effectively combines pictures of different mediums to create an enticing image. However, I found certain elements to be confusing. What was the purpose of the collage? Why did Quinn only use images to cover the face and not the entire picture?

Quinn’s piece…

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