is it the duty of the artist to reflect the culture they inhabit, and if so, how do the responsibilities of 21st centruy knowledge and understanding weigh on contemporary interpretation of Saint Ursulas story?

Lindy Richardson

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Abstract / Description of output

An illustrated presentation to introduce the concept of questioning textual research through practice led exploration.
Using Christian Saints as the central theme, this body of research questions traditional interpretation of these narratives utilising alternative materials to tell the stories in new ways. The Saints and their histories are initially researched through analysis of existing texts, paintings, architecture and traditional craft. Using unexpected materials, for example paper to create sculptural forms, and icing to substitute for clay in figurative works, the resulting artworks do not simply illustrate the existing stories but often question their interpretation on ethical, spiritual and medial grounds.
By making artefacts as well as writing, the central themes of these tales, which in contemporary society are deemed as fanciful and incredible, can be presented and consequently interpreted in new ways to a wider audience than the limitations of historical, theological or art history academic research.
Through working with academics at Stirling University and at Southampton University in the departments of religious studies, history, archeology this body of research has acted as a link for interdisciplinary practice. These departments are not particularly outward facing and as a result their research is not broadly disseminated outside their own sector.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 14 May 2010
Eventsaints and Cultural transmissions colloquium - stirling, United Kingdom
Duration: 14 May 201014 May 2010

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Othersaints and Cultural transmissions colloquium
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Citystirling
Period14/05/1014/05/10

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • saints, culture, art, ursula

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