Flicking through the new books at the BCNZ Library today I came across an interesting book by Karen Stone called Image & Spirit: Finding Meaning in Visual Art. Looks like it’d be worth reading sometime (after I’ve cleared the other million books off my desk).
Did a quick search for her on the net and found an article she’s written for Christmas this year (The Lutheran | December 2003 | Three images for Christmas). In it she says
I see: I know, I understand, I believe. Sight is our usual metaphor for understanding because we are image-makers. Images come before words. Artwork communicates when words fail us. They are timeless: Places, times and language may change, but art continually takes on new meaning and conveys enduring truth, the deep truth of our faith.
Sounds good to me.