Tide Pool: A Sensory Collage of Nostalgia

High Museum of Art
Jan 22 · 3 min read

Overcome with the bittersweet feeling of nostalgia, we may look to art as a bridge to a loving memory. Explore artworks, poetry, and music that conjure a distant home.

By Nancy Seda de León, Coordinator of Docents & Interns, High Museum of Art

Large horizontal painting in red, orange, and brown, with a neon light slashing through the center.
Large horizontal painting in red, orange, and brown, with a neon light slashing through the center.
Mary Weatherford (American, born 1963), Gloria, 2018

Welcome to Tide Pool — a series of multimedia blog posts meant to immerse you in a headspace of creativity and inspiration. Each post presents a collection of someone’s thoughts, like the glittering bits of life that emerge and remain in a tide pool. This time, we’re invited into the headspace of Nancy Seda de León, Coordinator of Docents & Interns at the High.

In this mood board of sorts, enjoy a collage of images, words, and sounds intended to spark your creative mind.

In Nancy’s Tide Pool: Nostalgia

As I kept returning to the galleries to study, I realized that inadvertently the objects of the Museum had transformed into a lifeline for me. While connecting to paintings, sculptures, porcelains, and many other objects, I was making new happy personal connections. And that is what nostalgia is — a wistful feeling for happy personal associations. Artworks can be beautiful, sometimes fantastic, always different, and we can use them to recall a way of thinking, a connection with a belief, or a bridge to a loving memory.

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Green and colorful porcelain parrot.
Green and colorful porcelain parrot.
Painting of a flat landscape in blues and greens with a yellow sun at the horizon.
Painting of a flat landscape in blues and greens with a yellow sun at the horizon.
Vibrant painting of a saintly figure surrounded by a bounty of mountains, animals, and vegetation.
Vibrant painting of a saintly figure surrounded by a bounty of mountains, animals, and vegetation.
Blue and black ceramic bowl with decorations related to hip hop.
Blue and black ceramic bowl with decorations related to hip hop.
Figure of a Parrot, ca. 1760, Bow Factory (London, England, 1748–1776), manufacturer; Martin Johnson Heade (American, 1819–1904), Twilight, ca. 1886; Joseph Stella (American, born Italy, 1877–1946), Purissima, 1927; Hip Hop Bowl, 2017, Roberto Lugo (American, born 1981), designer and maker; Joseph Stella (American, born Italy, 1877–1946), Purissima, 1927
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Julia de Burgos, a Puerto Rican poet, feminist, and activist.

All the color of awakened aurora
may the sea and you expand it into a dream
that it carry my ship of seagulls
and leave me in the water of two skies.

— Julia de Burgos, “The Sea and You”

Read the full poem, in the original Spanish or in English, on the Literary Ladies Guide website.

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Artwork inspiration found in the High’s galleries and at High.org/explore. Explore over seventeen thousand artworks online and find your inspiration.

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