Faith in a doubtful space : an introduction to the idea of faith as an artistic praxis in a contemporary environment

Titus, Carmen Maria (2020-03)

Thesis (MA)--Stellenbosch University, 2020.


ENGLISH ABSTRACT: This dissertation is an examination of the idea of faith as an artistic praxis; as a contemporary practice. It deals with the issue of religious based artwork and its relevance in a contemporary environment that is influenced by postmodern critique. It debates the polarizing issues that arise when trying to reason religious based artwork as contemporary. This thesis is a Theo-Philosophical study of how the method of faith has developed from religious based artwork and evolved into a faith-based praxis, rather than a religious practice. From a Christian point of view, I discuss the empirical experiences of my practice and the issues that surfaced during my observations. In addition, this study includes the setback of doubt experienced in the process of artmaking and the artwork it engendered. From the perspective of my faith, I assign this experience of doubt to my Postmodern influence and how the differences between the method of faith and postmodern critique creates artistic tension. After deliberating the causes and consequences of this existential grapple; through my practice and the theory revised, I reason how my faith-based praxis can be viewed in a contemporary sense.


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