To me the Asian art section was exactly what I was looking for: peaceful. After hurrying around the museum to quickly look through different exhibits, I felt a sense of relief to just stop and focus on one exhibit. The exhibit I was attracted to was Japanese; it was called “A Sensitivity to the Seasons: Summer and Autumn.” The piece of art that I focused on was called “The Persimmon Tree.”
The tree was standing alone on a slanted hill, its branches bare but yet bearing fruits. I feel like certain parts of the tree are symbolic in a sense. The fruits on the tree represent the results of the hard work that we do both independently and with the help of others. And the thin branches represent families and friends. In a sense we give more preference or attention to our achievements than our relationships.
When I first saw this ink painting I felt a sense of loneliness, especially because I was alone when I saw it. Yet I also felt the tree’s independence in standing alone. It reminded me how we, as people, distance ourselves from others on our path to becoming independent.