|Art, just like the world
itself, was born from the seed
God restrains himself by the law in order to disclose
and open up himself in the mystery of incarnation, in which he
becomes uncovered and vulnerable so that
His glory be complete.
Following this generous and selfless gesture of God, the artist
turns against his own human nature to open
the door to Man towards Real Existence. In his artistic creation
he denudes himself and becomes unprotected.
He is ready to surrender, to sacrifice himself, to be candid, and
to shun anything that is dim or obscure. This makes him able to
give shape to the shapeless, to lift visibility out of invisibility.
This is the overflowing joy of Creation, the tense impetus of artistic
This is no one else but the named and incarnated God, the naked
and crucified Christ Himself.
The artist's intention and yearning to create pour forth from his
insatiable desire to see the beloved face
of God. The artist's creativity has thus the honour to serve; his
art is no longer for itself or for some human vanity, but to reveal
the mystery of God, and at the light of his knowledge, of which
he is unworthy, to disclose the fraud, the cheating that defiles
The artist, like his Creator, does not free but enslaves himself
in order to create. He clings to mastery, to
the precise and strict composition and compact forms. Trends, cheap
momentary solutions do not satisfy him.
I would, therefore, use the fuge as a composer,
the hexameter as a poet, and that is why, as a painter,
I use the tenebrose.