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Scriptures & Quotes

 

1"Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 2"See, I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. 3"And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, 4"to design artistic works, to work in gold, in silver, in bronze, 5"in cutting jewels for setting, in carving wood, and to work in all manner of workmanship. 6"And I, indeed I, have appointed with him, Aholiab the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan; and I have put wisdom in the hearts of all who are gifted artisans,that they may make all that I have commanded you."

Exodus 31: 1-6

 

"If it's bad art, it's bad religion, no matter how pious the subject."

 

"Where language is weak, theology is weakened...Are we supposed to bring our language down to the lowest common denominator in order to be "meaningful?"

 

"The artist is a servant who is willing to be a birth-giver. In a very real sense the artist (male or female) should be like Mary, who, when the angel told her that she was to bear the Messiah, was obedient to the command."

 

"The artist, if he is not to forget how to listen, must retain the vision which includes angels and dragons and unicorns and all the lovely creatures which our world would put in a box marked Children Only."

 

"Basically there can be no categories such as "religious" art and "secular" art because all true art is incarnational, and therefore religious."

 

"In our society, at the age of five, 90% of the population measures 'high creativity.' By the age of seven, the figure has dropped to 10%. And the percentage of adults with high creativity is only 2%! Our creativity is destroyed not throught the use of outside force, but through criticism, innuendo..." by the dirty devices of this world."

 

Madeleine L'Engle, Walking on Water: Reflections on Art and Faith, p. 5, 10-11, 14, 19 38 & 40, 77(quoting Finley Eversole in The Politics of Creativity).

 

"If an action has no inner foundation, it cannot hold your attention."

 

"The theatre, on account of its publicity and spectacular side, attracts many people who merely want to capitalize their beauty or make careers. They take advantage of the ignorance of the public, its perverted taste, favoritism, intrigues, false success, and many other means which have no relevance to creative art. These exploiters are the deadliest enemies of art. We have to use the sternest measures with them, and if they cannot be reformed they must be removed by the boards. Therefore, you must make up your mind, once and for all, did you come here to serve art, and to make sacrifices for its sake or to exploit your own personal ends?"

 

Konstantin Stanislavski, An Actor Prepares, p. 43, 31.