This post comes with a request for comments and thoughts. I’m envisioning a fellowship of artists – both the outwardly artistic and the inwardly inclined – artists who are conscious of the religious and spiritual dimensions of true art. I find such art in very scattered places, and in surprising expressions! This is an “in-process” concern of mine, and what I am posting below is a first draft. If you have any sympathy with what you read, please comment and give me your thoughts.
Mission Statement of Fellowship of Consecrated Artists
God gives to everyone a hunger for the good, the true and the beautiful. God gives to artists a particular sensitivity to the good, the true and the beautiful – and to some among artists, He gives the ability to express these things in surprising and penetrating ways. The artist, then, receives with his gift a responsibility: “to whom much is given, of him much will be required.” (Lk 12:48)
The artist, like all men, must choose – what to say, what to express, what to write or paint or compose, and for whom, and to what end? The consecrated artist returns his art first and foremost and above all to God: the unique Creator and Artist above all. First art is done for God, then in His name, for others. The consecrated artist consecrates his art to the purposes of God, echoing His eternal creativity. To God the artist is responsible.
For what is the artist responsible? The artist can, by personal expressions of his gift, illuminate the darkness that oppresses so many in the world, with a luminance that in fact is of God: the light of the good, the true and the beautiful. In this way, the artist is an evangelist of Good News, wakening men and women to a perhaps forgotten or lost nobility, dignity and value.
What are the proper subjects for true art? All in creation is created good, and the good is beautiful, and truth is found in every moment sustained by God. Man, broken in sin, can distort this creation in both his actions and his perceptions. Yet such darkness is not our vocation, nor our rightful destination. True art is a sign-post pointing home, whether plainly or hidden as in a parable, whether whisper-gentle or prophet-strong.
I envision a studio/gallery here or somewhere where such intentional art can be displayed, where people can see or hear the works, and talk and share and grow together on our common journey.
What do you think?