I went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City where I saw an exhibit on Khubilai Khan. One piece that really inspired me was a porcelain piece called pillow in the form of a theatre .Looking at this intricate piece made me think of the pleasure I got as a child (and still do) in having an out of self experience. It’s not just escape that makes good art good – it’s a pleasurable feeling of otherness that can come by looking at something beautiful.
The second piece of art I saw that was inspiring was a piece by Ghanaian born artist El Anatsui of a very large wall hanging intricately made by different forms of bottle caps.Initially when you walk into the room it looks like shells… which certainly puts the beach idea in your mind, but when you get up close you see that it’s made of cut, punched and layered bottle caps. The colors and shape of this piece are beautiful. It inspired me because it made me feel like I was seeing an alternate world where the beach and waves were vertical and textured. I wanted to touch it, walk behind it, and smell it. That desire to interact is also what makes good art good.