Medium/lost wax casting/Pewter/Plaster/Fibreglass/Resin/Wood./Canvas/Metal/Glass etching/Assemblage/Other.
"Art is human, therefore anything and everything will be considered art at some point in time."
Hope's Last Call/2020
Hope’s Last Call was intended to be on exhibition at Manchester Cathedral during lent 2020. Due to COVID lockdowns, it is still on location at the cathedral 2021.
A big thank you to all the volunteers and staff of the cathedral for their support in bringing this together.
I’m not a religious person. More of a spiritual one? Maybe it’s this standing that has been the opening for people to express doubting faith in their latter years to me. Many say they believe there is something. And await a response. I’d like to think life’s kicking would give me the edge on my younger self when it comes to this response. And it’s from this personal debate that Hope’s Last Call was set in motion.
What first set this piece in motion was reflecting back on the perspectives of my youth in relation to the well-lived-in ones I now inhabit.
In my youth I was as cocksure as most about my world, believing it was the world. And in my world, everyone who I cared for and who cared for me was just fine. And you know not of any other way. We were possibly immortal. I was a young man of science/technology and held the firm view that God and faith all came under the same realms as Father Christmas and the tooth fairy.
I wouldn’t say I’m a religious man now, perhaps more spiritual? There are so, so many truths to life, often conflicting. So many perspectives, often conflicting. And perhaps more so the older you get.
I look back to my younger self and say, whatever your beliefs, when you find yourself holding the beating heart of someone’s wavering faith through their latter days, you become a guardian of their faith. And you now truly understand what is meant by faith being hope’s last call. And you hope. And you hope. And you fall to your knees and break into a million pieces. And you fix your eyes firmly upon what is unseen. For what is seen, is temporary
We look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen;
for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen
is eternal. (2 Corinthians 4.18)
"Have you ever happened upon the spark of an enlightening realisation seemingly just beyond grasp? The unspoken presence of a realisation! I dreamt once a place of presence forming matter. An absent presence. An awakening drive to convey this. A glimpse once more. And to chance a kindred spirit along the way and say, I also know. And weep."
"Our human nature at its core is spiritually fuelled. And in one way or another we are driven to seek and express that which drives us into existence. Science isn’t at odds with our spirituality. We are."
In the summer of 2010, a group of students in the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts (ITIA) started discussing how they might bring the conversation of theology and the arts to a broader audience, one beyond the academy. The result was Transpositions, a website that takes its name from an essay by C.S. Lewis.
Since that time, Transpositions has published posts by notable artists, practitioners and scholars, a publishing record that led Matthew Milliner, Assistant Professor of Art at Wheaton College, to reference “the frequently sharp and prolific output of Transpositions,” as well as awards like the Christian New Media Awards and Conference 2010 Runner-up Best Newcomer Blog and 2011 Runner-up Best Christian Blog.
In January 2014, Transpositions re-launched as the official online journal for the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts and was given a brand new web design in February 2015. For information about the regular contributors to Transpositions, please visit our Contributors page.
Artist in residence.
Icons to share.
Online interactive exhibition by Dorothea Stockmar. November 2020.
Dorothia invites us all to share what is personally sacred at this moment in time via her online exhibition, Icons to share.