“Beauty will save the world”, said Dostoevsky. What on earth does that mean when the arts currently appear to do the opposite? How do we, as Christians – and particularly as young Christians – engage in the world of the arts when it seems to be dominated by the sacrilegious, the nonsensical and the disturbing? Angela Richmond, a Fine Arts student at the University of Ottawa, engages with this question as she explores her own journey into the world of studying fine arts as a means of serving God. Incorporating Saint John Paul the Great’s Letter to Artists and her own personal account, Angela offers insight into the arts as well as a challenge for Christians to engage – rather than reject – this world.
Growing up, Angela was notorious for ignoring her homework in favour of creating enough artwork to fully wallpaper her home. Eventually she turned art into her full-time occupation as a student of Fine Arts at the University of Ottawa, where she specializes in painting/drawing and minors in psychology. She believes in expressing honesty in her work, drawing on themes of hope, beauty, suffering, and the human search for meaning, all of which are informed by her Catholic faith. Her work has been exhibited in Ottawa, Deep River, and her mother’s living room. Angela has also served as a missionary with NET Canada and has been active in Catholic Christian Outreach as well as pro-life campus ministry.
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