Our creativity is the key to our spirituality – with Mako Fujimura

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Description of the episode

How is art an incursion into our experience of God? How does the making of things give us a more tangible knowledge of God’s love and the joy of being a human in God’s image? What role do imagination and creativity have in a theology in full orbit?

Our guest has deep thoughts on these things. We are deeply honored to have renowned artist Makoto Fujimura on this episode of the Reintegrate podcast.

Mako Fujimura is a leading contemporary artist in what is known as the “slow art” movement. As a Japanese-American, he studied art at Bucknell University and then studied traditional Japanese painting as part of the Tokyo University of the Arts doctoral program. His art is a fusion of fine art and abstract expressionism using the techniques of ancient Japanese traditional art.

His art has been featured widely in galleries and museums around the world, including collections at the Tokyo Museum of Contemporary Art, the Huntington Library, and the Tikotin Museum in Israel.

In addition to being a leading contemporary painter, Mako is an arts advocate, writer and speaker recognized worldwide as a cultural influencer. Among his books are Refractions: A Journey of Faith, Art and Culture (NavPress, 2009), and Culture Care: reconnecting with beauty for our common life (InterVarsity Press, 2017).

His latest book is Art and faith: a theology of doing (Yale University Press, with a foreword by NT Wright, 2021).

Fujimura founded the International Arts Movement in 1992, now called IAMCultureCarewho oversees the Fujimura Institute. He recently initiated Culture Care Creative which nurtures artists and creative catalysts, scholars and professional advocates to provide a sanctuary in which to gather, learn, collaborate and create, including Kintsugi Academy. See Mako explain and illustrate the Kintsugi in this YouTube video.

Buy Makoto Fujimura’s books from independent Christian booksellers Byron and Beth Borger at Hearts & Minds Bookstore. You can order online through their secure server or call 717-246-333. Mention that you heard about these books on the Reintegrate podcast and get 20% off!

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