Hum 106 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4

Hum 106 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4 - Nicole Barbour 3.1 Theory of...

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Nicole Barbour 10/9/09 3.1 Theory of art at home As I sit off to the side of my informal living room on a forest green ottoman, I begin to notice the different aspects that make up this area. I hear the sound of the lawn mower outside and clock ticking on the wall behind me; it is 4:03 P.M. Much of the furniture consists of items that my family has acquired through relatives or my parents had bought when I was in my young childhood years. The furnishings are primarily made of wooden materials with engraved designs on them which include the coffee table nestled in front of the couch, the end tables on each side, the entertainment center on the wall opposite of the couch, and bookshelves, filled with movies, that are placed in different corners of the room. There are wood pillars that lead into the dining room, which coordinates well with the country feel of the living room. On top of the big screen TV sits a DVD player, cable box, and VCR that are in black as well as five tea light candles all lined in a row. The furniture is made up of durable fabrics with rough textures and a dark brown color that doesn’t reflect much light. The coarse feel of the couch is contrasted by the soft and smooth surface of the red and green throw pillows. The main emphasis of the room is on the sofa with the collage of different sized frames on the wall behind it. The living room’s objective is to be functional with a balance that is for the most part symmetrical. The transition of the curved lines of the antique finished lamps that sit on the tables to the straight horizontal lines of the couch and chairs gives a sense of familiarity and rest. The picture frames consist of many different themes including a collection of the different seasons. While reviewing the four seasons, it made me imagine our home during each holiday and the decorations that we put up to go with them. The aroma of cinnamon goes through the air because of the pine cones that fill my
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mom’s decorative fall baskets. The warm colors that are found not just within the living room but also throughout the rest of our home provide a sense of comfort and safety that is unlike anywhere else. The concept of ethnic thought and culture has influenced every aspect of people’s lives, including the art in homes. While reviewing my home, it was apparent that the social structure of race, class, and gender has played a role in the décor. Although I do not believe that the color of my skin has greatly influenced our style, it is obvious when you walk in our home what race we are. With all of our photos filling the walls, and the fact that “[o]ne of the first things we notice about people when we meet them (along with their sex) is their race” it is apparent that my family is Caucasian (Omi and Winant 16). My race is not overly visible is the aspects of art in our house; however, I feel that our social class is more noticeable. I would consider my family to be middle class and we have worked hard for the possessions that are present in our home. We
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This note was uploaded on 03/16/2011 for the course HUM 106 taught by Professor Online during the Fall '09 term at Pierce College.

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Hum 106 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4 - Nicole Barbour 3.1 Theory of...

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