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As I entered the Dallas Museum of Arts, I was slightly overwhelmed in the beginning, the building was immense, and I had no idea where to start. I walked around and tried to look at everything that I could, but found myself going in circles. I literally got myself lost at one point, but soon found my way again. As I wandered the museum scrutinizing the plethora of art work, and numerous historical cultural artifacts that lay before me, there was one piece, that caught my eye from the very other side of the room which was especially appealing to me. It was a piece titled Watch by an American artist by the name of Gerald Murphy.

The reason that this particular work of art grasped my immediate attention is because it depicts something mechanical with many moving parts. Watch caught my eye from across the room, from that vantage point it was difficult to determine exactly what it was. Upon closer investigation I was able to conclude that it appeared to be an oil painting on a quite large piece of canvas that depicted the inner workings of what appeared to be a pocket watch, which were fragmented across the vast surface of the canvas from multiple points of view. This, in my opinion, testifies to the ever-changing nature of time itself. The mechanical aspect of Gerald Murphy's painting was able to catch my immediate attention from a distance, and once I began to inspect it further, keep my attention to inspire a deeper personal analysis. The circles and curvy lines of which the painting is predominately composed of lead it to give off a warmer, more inviting feeling; whereas something with sharp lines, and angles would have invoked a feeling of intimidation.

I have a profound interest in machines; how they work, why they work, and how synchronized everything has to be to get the job done. Watch and its depiction of a mechanical analogue pocket watch, which I learned after some research is actually two, is a perfect example of that. They contain an abundance of miniscule moving parts that must work in perfect harmony to keep time accurately. I began to think about how time is ever changing in more ways than one. Time constantly changes in a minute-to-minute sense, but time also evokes an emotional feeling as well. Everything is governed by time. Time ages people and grow mountains and the trees which sit upon them. Time tells people when to do things, and when not to do things. Time brings life, and time takes it away. Time just keeps on ticking, never missing a beat. After my wonderful experience at the Dallas Museum of Arts, I would definitely do it again, although I wish I would have had the money to buy a ticket to go see the Chagall exhibition they had at the time of my visit. I strongly recommend this museum to anyone, not just for class needs, but as a recreational visit too.

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