“We are not being true to the artist as a man if we consider his art work junk simply because we differ with his outlook on life.” – Francis Schaeffer
The question of art is an interesting one because what we consider to be art is often based on our own preferences. One man’s masterpiece may be another’s paperweight.
But this question of defining art interests me because it directly impacts how we relate to the world around us.
I want my stories to stand on their own as good art regardless who the audience might be. While I understand they won’t jive with every person out there, I certainly don’t want them written off because they’re trite, boring, or rote.
I want to be creative.
But I also want to reflect the character of my Creator.
In the beginning, God made mankind in His own image. As Schaeffer has stated elsewhere, God created us to be creators. However a problem arises because of the fall.
“And Adam lived a hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image…” – Genesis 5:3
While we still contain this longing to create, we’re also tainted by the sinful nature we inherit from Adam. Thus, we have the capacity to create skillful works of art that lie in opposition to God’s character.
As such, it seems to me that art is independent of content. Thus the real question lies here.
What kind of impact is my art having? Is it’s value derived from reflecting The Creator or my own finite “expertise”?