|Southern Cross Turtle by Safina Stewart|
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
|Jesus’ Life on Earth|
One year ago I wrote a post about Tibetan thangkas and mentioned therein a Christian ministry that was selling Christian thangkas, though at the time I didn't know anything more about how they were being used. In today's post, I am excited to provide some more information about them.
Sunday, November 13, 2011
I encourage you to check out this bible study based on Matthew 2:13-23 and The Flight to Egypt by Chinese Christian painter He Qi [pronounced Huh Chee]. It's found at Artway.eu, a Christian website that "seeks to open up the world of the visual arts to the interested lay man and woman." The website is chock full of information about artists, galleries, churches, art, etc. (primarily European), so please take a look.
The He Qi study is a part of their series called "Church and Art - Word and Image Bible Studies," and the goal of this individual study is "to find a new way into the biblical text by means of He Qi’s work... He Qi’s painting can help us explore the text, find new significance and make connections between this - seemingly insignificant - story and the larger narrative of God." The study was written by Cisca Ireland-Verwoerd, a lecturer and writer based in Boston.
The study does a nice job of examining the painting itself, by exploring some of its visual elements. I wouldn't call it an in-depth study, but I think that it could be an interesting addition to a deeper examination of the passage. In any case, it's a good use of visual art to enhance a textual study and inject greater interest in the subject matter by associating a visual image with the passage.
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Monday, November 7, 2011
While waiting for approval on a couple of posts I've already written, I thought I would briefly discuss a topic from the class module I taught in September at GIAL: in visual arts, the concept known as frame.
Frame is the purpose or intention of the artist in communicating a message in a visual artwork. When using visual arts to communicate a message, frame becomes very important. In order to interpret the message in a visual artwork correctly, the audience needs to understand the intention of the artist. Otherwise, the message is likely to be misinterpreted or ignored completely by the audience.