Forward Into the Dark
“Even the light of faith leaves artists grasping in the dark, unsure of the shape of a God hoped for but never conventionally seen. And yet writers continue to use the only tools they have—words—to stretch toward that unknown.”
The Catholic Writer, Then and Now
We are suffering from a type of spiritual and cultural anorexia: what would feed and nourish us is before us, but we will not eat.
The Road Behind Us
Image’s Founding Generation
When Image was founded in 1989, the cultural landscape looked different than it does today. Religious writers and artists felt cold-shouldered in the public square and often ill at ease within the church. The need for a journal that demonstrated the continuing vitality of contemporary art informed by faith—art that upheld high standards, grappled directly with historic faith traditions, and avoided false uplift—seemed more or less obvious. We asked several members of Image’s founding generation, writers across a number of disciplines, what they see as having changed over those years, whether there’s still a need for a venue like Image, and what our new calling might be.
The Road Ahead
Voices for the Next Twenty-Five Years
Many gifted artists and writers of faith working today were just learning how to read and hold their crayons when Image was founded. They never experienced the culture wars of the eighties that weighed so heavily on an older generation; theirs are a different set of influences and concerns. Do they still need evidence that art informed by faith is alive and well, or is that now a forgone conclusion? In our twenty-fifth anniversary year, we asked a handful of younger writers how and if Image’s mission and focus resonate with them, and what they need Image to be.