hey folks, thanks for the time to read my rant…
like many artist, i have searched for the greater meaning to life and the harsh realities that life paints. i have blamed and questioned god for many of the atrocities that we humans do. then i turned to religion and found to my suprise most of my answers, then i stayed to seek true friendship and meaning to life. after all, they are suppose to have a higher standard of morality/sensitivity to humanity right? my chosen religion is christianity. im not saying that it is “the” religion but the religion that i personally have chosen. for this thread my main experiences will be on the religion of christianity. but it is open to all the other faiths out there.
but anyway, i have realised that church goers are no different from any other type of people out there. my utopian assumptions about church life were dead wrong. i realised that making friendships in the church are just as hard and painfull as making friends in the real world. i take that back… i have had greater success making friends in the real world than of the church environment. the reason for my voice of concern is that most churches will always say “this is ur church family, we love and welcome you” these are extremely profound statements for a person who is seeking a new life and meaning. they always talk about “living a holy life based on faith in christ” and about having accountability… but the people in there are many times uncaring and unfortunately, unless ur someone important, your just another number. sadly i havent made much friendships in the church beyond two close friends in three years. i back up my statements with testimonies from other people saying how hard it was for them to “fit in or gain acceptance” into this so called “church family”. some have moved on to other churchs while others have rejected the church all together.
some of you might say, how does this relate to art… i personally have been inspired to paint about life and god and humanity so it does affect my art. i have also seen other cg artists who have used symbolic figures such as the cross and serpent, etc. and not only that but many artists are seeking their own answers to their inner demons, torments, truths to lifes questions. also, some the greatest Renaissance artists ie. Michelangelo Buonarroti, Raffaello Sanzi, Botticelli, were commissioned to do some of the greatest paintings of all of human history using spiritural topics.
i think that many of the “dislike of christians” stem from people who are seeking help and redemption but are lost in the crowd to never find the spirtual life raft they so needed. what makes it worse is how the church constantly promote: we are your spiritual family, we care for you, we love you… but in reality when you try to get close to some of these people, you end up feeling like a third wheel/ baggage /etc.
my question to you is… what is ur experience with spirituality and if any how has it affected your personal art work and life? a perfect example is the art work of carlos Huante.