hey jedi counsel- you know who you are. i've been thinking a lot about sexuality in the arts lately and have lots of questions. in the christian subculture, themes of sensuality, sexuality and erroticism are avoided for many reasons. i'll just toss out a few in no particular order:
- most commonly is the want to maintain a certain or assumed moral standard with the assumption that if we don't engage these themes, we will be more successful at maintaining this higher morality.
- additionally, desire is not something that is always embraced in faith circles- creating a fear of being awakened to sensuality- so we pretend it isn't there or show people precisely what it should look like.
- another layer is the trans-generational audience found in the church that is often not found in other artistic venues creating a difficult forum in which to dialogue around sexuality.
- and then there is the "sacredness" of sexuality in the christian tradition, which i acknowledge. however, this ideal is often projected on to unions who's "marriage beds" are found wanting in life. thus, shrouded by this alleged "sacredness", we fail to engage our experiences of sexuality. etc...
i bring this up because i find myself wanting to engage these themes in my artwork but not really knowing how to. what's appropriate? what's too much? when does it become porn? why are we afraid? what does it mean to be co-creators/artist's in the image of God, as whole people?