Art History - Areas of Focus
While I have explored a broad range of Western Art, delving a little bit deeper into more modern art pertaining to society and social issue in the last two to three hundred years, my primary focus and interest in art history has been Japanese art. Before I even started at the University of Washington, I took two years of Japanese language at Bellevue College as a Running Start student. During my time at the UW, I have taken classes about Japanese art in general, Japanese Tea Ceremony (Chado), Japanese Woodblock Prints (Ukiyo-e) and Japanese Cinema, the phenomenon of Japonisme - the influences of Japanese art on the West and vice versa in the mid-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, as well as attended a one month Exploration Seminar in Japan, centered around temples, shrines, and pilgrimage. Throughout this time I have been drawn to topics in Japanese art and developed a deeper understanding of Japanese culture and esthetics. I am especially interest in Buddhist art, especially Chado and Zen-inspired art, as well as the general esthetics and themes of Japanese art and how they are reflected in the modern culture and society of Japan. It’s fascinating how one of the most modernized societies in the world also has some of the most preserved historical artifacts and traditions. It was seeing this that sparked my interest in building and strengthening communities through past cultures and traditions and gave me the idea for my CEP senior project.
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