On Being an Artist – Marco Cazzulini Day Three

by Geoff Hall on January 23, 2012

“If Not I” acrylic on card, 2009

If Not I” asks a question, which I reckon most artists ask of their lives, of their work. 

This abstract view is drawn from Marco’s landscapes, his Botanical art, his more representational scenes providing a colour and form abstraction from Creation’s canvas. The static and the fluid meet in the same scene, a painterly composition wherein we are shown the hand of the artist. This revealing of the hand, allows our eyes to course over the canvas, to stop a while to reflect on the ‘static’ forms and then move on to the next facet of this reality.

Marco sums up the work of the artist; revealing dynamism and movement, but also giving the viewer time to stop and reflect. It’s pace is not frenetic, as with life, but maintains a momentum and impetus for the soul in reflection and meditation. Such pursuits are never passive and disinterested, withdrawn from the world we live in, but allow us to see a greater depth behind the cluttered space; the darkness being overcome by splendid orange ‘lights’!


Day Three– If there was one thing you could change about the relationship between the Church and the Arts, what would it be? 

I probably no longer think too much about this question. Not because it is unimportant. I simply think that as a Christian I must learn to play my part within the spheres of influence God sets me. They may be small and I may be ‘misunderstood’ or undervalued but by allowing God to reveal and refine who he is making me to be and by living it out with a measure of integrity and humility (this has to be a work of grace) I can at least sleep at night.

The church has a rich and mixed artistic heritage and the arts, as well as creative approaches to Christian living, will come again in richness both within and without the ‘established’ boundaries. Let’s hope we are coming into a new season where the broad scope of congregational creative talent lives in a redeemed, transformed and envisioned way, as a gift to the church and amongst the people we live.


Tomorrow Marco will focus on  ‘What is the biggest challenge to the artist?’

Peace and Love,







Me again, Marco!

“by allowing God to reveal and refine who he is making me to be and by living it out with a measure of integrity and humility”

There are songs you sing in churches like mine that tell God ‘you are the potter and I am the clay’. It’s always possible (for me) to sing this two ways – either, ‘I have been doing my own arty rebellious thing but I want to use it for you now God, I will let you conform me’ or: ‘I see you have been moulding me into some kind of artist with an awkward point of view, please carry on!’

by Ruth Whiter on January 23, 2012 at 8:34 pm. Reply #

Hi Ruth, I will reply to your pertinent observations when I return from time away. Thanks for engaging with the blog submissions with your comments.

by Marco Cazzulini on January 25, 2012 at 8:54 am. Reply #

Dear Ruth, perhaps the reality is not encompassed by either thought, though both could be true. Maybe, our perception of God moderates our response. If he is our loving Father and maker then we were not born for frustration (though we will experience it). Having gifts and talents that can seem ‘utterly useless’ leading us only to heartbreak and fist-waving at God does not appear commensurate with the idea of being wonderfully and fearfully made. I think, as artists, we can lead the way in allowing God to re-connect our deep desire to create with himself, the Creator of all things. In that we will find ourselves becoming many things: Prophetic voices calling out in the wilderness, commentators on the world we experience or children simply enjoying ourselves. Our common puritanical heritage has a fear of imagery and that has often imbued our activity as Christians with a degree of fear. Hence, we are scared that we are either being rebellious, or, we need justify our artistic endeavours with an overlay of purpose that is ill-fitting. I don’t think we ask the same questions of other activities. In the end I am mindful that I don’t want my art-making to be my God but neither, through fear, can I bury my talent underground.

by Marco Cazzulini on January 30, 2012 at 11:44 am. Reply #

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