Religion as a Socio –artistic Stimulus for Contemporary Art Practice

Authors

  • Joshua Aondona Avav Department of Visual and Creative Arts, Federal University of Lafia, Nigeria
  • Ibrahim Ichakpa Amali Department of Visual and Creative Arts, Federal University of Lafia, Nigeria

Keywords:

Religion, Stimulus, Socio-Artistic, Contemporary, Visual, Artists

Abstract

This paper has focused on religion as a socio-artistic stimulus for contemporary art practice. The intimacy between art and religion has prevailed beyond historical convolution, transformations in global culture and religious values, be it communal or universal. African art is rooted in religion. This does not mean that Africans would be so presumptuous as to make images of the great creator- God. It is rather the case that they try to put the divine power, the eternal vital force through visible imagery created by an influenced artist and dominated by culture. Every religious tradition has an attitude towards art and thereby towards image. Some are formalized in written themes through a variety of new disciplinary fields or analyzed into activities including worship, personal piety, and public rituals in unison. With intellectual interpretation religion has used art in its many forms of worship. As a multivalent communicator of meaning, and value, art can draw its stimulus from religion on account of its theme, subject matter or iconography, ranging from a scriptural narrative to a sacred portrait to a holy image created within the prescriptions of a particular faith. Art is a primordial facet of human existence and constitutive factor in the evolution of religion.

 

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2021-05-12