We have touched on this topic in the past without any real discussion so I thought I would open up the topic. I'll spare you a review of my homily for the Fifth Week of Easter and just mention the themes of love and sacrifice. As followers of Christ we are called to love as Jesus loves us, and a Christ-like love always involves sacrifice.
I think this is one of the traits that distinguishes the Catholic artist, or illustrator. We are called to occasionally make sacrifices, sometimes big ones, usually small ones, but what is important is that those sacrifices are made out of love for Christ, His head and His Body.
I'll give you an example of a small sacrifice;
Sacramento is currently hosting the exhibit "Bodies Revealed." It is the second such exhibition in the last few years wherein real human bodies in various states of dissection have been preserved and put on display for public viewing. Now as an artist I am sure it would be very helpful to my art to get such a firsthand experience of human anatomy. But as a Catholic I have to forgo that experience. Not because of the controversy about where the bodies came from, and not because of the discussion about whether it is art, science, or crass commercialism (though both are interesting topics for discussion.)
I have to refrain from attending this exhibit because quite frankly I see it it as an offense against the dignity of the human person. It is inappropriate fir the body of a person, created in the image and likeness of God, to be flayed, dissected, frozen, and put on display for public amusement.
So I am interested in hearing what everyone has to say on the matter, not only on the "Bodies" exhibit but on the idea that to be a Christian artist will involve sacrifice.
Are there opportunities you have turned down, perhaps sacrificing the ability to pay your bills, because you did not feel it was appropriate for you to engage in?
I look forward to hearing your views