MAKE THE FORM conform, David Clayton explains, when writing about how the form of art reflects truth. Let us add that when an artistic form whether ideal, natural, or abstract touches the truth within us all, people respond universally. The audience amazement in this piece demonstrates exactly what Prof. Clayton, of Thomas More College, is speaking about when blogging for The Way of Beauty in May of 2011.
"And non-figurative art? Much abstract art produced since the turn of the 20th century is based upon a secular understanding of the human person that is in opposition to the Catholic teaching. So, for example, some abstract expressionists sought to portray human emotion without any reference to the body of the human person. This is, in effect, an abstraction that goes beyond the bounds of truth. It seeks to remove the soul from the body altogether reflecting the error of dualism. For the Christian, emotion, though an aspect of the soul is revealed through the body. So we cannot portray human emotion fully in art without the portrayal of a body".
Judy Joyce - Editor