LOWE AS TEXT BY DINA DENORD
“Captivation” by Dina-Kencie Denord of @fiuinstagram at @loweartmuseum
As I stand in the frigid museum, pulling my sweater tighter to my body, I stand awestruck and captivated at the beautiful works I see around me. I quietly question “How could something so beautiful come from a mere mortal?”, captivated by the thoughts that threaten to consume me. For a first time visitor to any museum, I am not alone in my thoughts, especially at a museum for rich people. My first glance is at an unfinished painting and I am simply captivated. People from the hood don’t get to see this often- scratch that- never. I am blown away by room full of incredibly expensive art, art that could pay my tuition a few times over, expensive. Why isn’t this available to everyone? If others could be exposed to such beautiful pieces, they’d have somewhere else to expend all of their energies, somewhere to be captivated. The reason we can’t go to places like this you may ask? We can’t afford it. Where I’m from, we are captivated when you have the chance to escape abject poverty. When you come from a place of barely scraping by, you learn what it means to not have any of life’s luxuries- and art? That is most definitely a luxury.