Risk Value vs. Shock Value: Symbolism in Art to Engage Culture & Spirit – Marie Tielhard

How might Christian artists use common objects and pictorial devices to explore contemporary
issues and transcendent themes? This lecture will advance ways in which visual artists can
create art that amplifies moral messages, stimulates the senses, and encourages diverse
interpretations. Given the growing attention to surreal and conceptual art through digital and
social media platforms, how might artists create works that intrigue and engage global
communities from a Christian worldview perspective? Using, concrete examples from concept-
driven portrait photography, created solely for social media audiences, this discussion will
examine the metaphoric use of non-traditional symbols to demonstrate high risk value, rather
than shock value, in art. Attendees will be inspired to view everyday objects with a lens towards
God-honoring, spiritual creativity and artistic innovation.

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