Christological Constuction: Dogma
Text in the centre section
of this piece is taken
from Karl Barth's
The works in this exhibition are related to research undertaken for my Master of Theological Studies thesis. In that work I focus on 'the artist as theologian', exploring the role of art in various theological contexts.
While some of the works in this exhibit may be considered beautiful, my fundamental motivation is not aesthetic but intellectual - I am interested in artistic inquiry into the Christian religion. Neither have these images been created for devotion or spiritual edification; they represent investigations into some of the challenges experienced by contemporary Christianity.
Adopting the conceptually-based practice of incorporating text into visual art, I have used pages torn from various Christian Bibles to highlight differences between literal and metaphorical approaches to Scripture. In other works I incorporate traditional Christian iconography along with handwritten text copied from the Bible and other historical sources (such documents written by Theodore of Studios [729-856] and Karl Barth [1886-1968]), to represent the tension between orthodox and postmodern approaches to contemporary Christianity.