자연 대상물의 기독교적 표상화
Christian Representation of Natural Objects
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Nature has always been an important source of art for many artists. However just as the post-modernism art does not acknowledge aesthetic absolutes, it also rejects moral and religious absolutes. Post-modernism art accepts chaos and dissolution as justifiable ideology, and tries to replace God with the liberalization of desires. It also emphasizes dark and shocking images instead of the nature's beauty or God's creation order. In such uncertain post-modern state of art, the Christian art should take on the responsibility of bringing healing to the contemporary art by encapsulating the truth and life of Christianity through prominent expressions based on the biblical world view. This in turn will help the people living in this post-modernism era to find their identity in the absolute sovereignty of God, and to recover the purity and transparency inherent in the created order through experiencing their innate beauty. That will be possible when we express the origin and beauty of life revealed in nature in this post-modernism era. Such expression awakens the intrinsic freedom of our minds, and thereby stimulates us to feel the fundamental joy of living in nature beautifully created by God. As Calvin has commented, all arts are God's gift. And art that glorifies God and elevates humanity not only observes and reproduces all that is seen and heard, but also creates a world of beauty that transcends the beauty of the natural world by discovering the order in the beauty of the natural forms and by being enriched from such lofty knowledge. Thus if the ability to perceive and create, imagine, and feel empathy is a gift from God, then our calling is to display the unique mind, intuition, feelings, imagination, and skills that God bestowed upon men to glorify Him. That is the holy task to which we have been called as God's stewards. When men's relationship with God is restored to true beauty through the communicable revelations that God has given to men, we will be able to overcome the sense of mental loss and the existential void, and instead strengthen self-awareness of our existence and enrich our life. The purpose of the present paper is as follows: 1) to understand through the Christian/biblical reflection of the order in the world reflecting the wonderful skill and wisdom of God the creator, and the biblical/Christian meaning of nature that reflects the existence of God and God's power and providence that reign over all creation, 2) to fulfill the researcher's calling which is to glorify God by formatively representing nature. The procedure is as follows: Chapter 2 will examine the biblical understanding of nature, and consider the natural revelation that unveils the skills, riches, diversity, knowledge, beauty, mystery, power, and glory of God that correspond to the perfect order, beauty, and harmony of the natural world. Chapter 3 will probe biblical images and symbolism of the natural objects that appear frequently in the researcher's art works. Chapter 4 examines representative schools of thoughts, the Dutch School, Hudson River School and Caspar David Friedrich, that reproduced natural objects according to the biblical world view in history of the western art, and by whom it was ascertained that it is possible to represent God's presence, revelation and infinite providence found in nature through artisitc works. Through the above steps, the current research raises the need to reexamine the Christian representative art as an alternative that can bring healing to the chaotic and uncertain expressions of the post-modernism art that rejects the religious absolutes. Furthermore, the current research investigates and analyzes the effects of faith on our perception of nature in the field of fine arts, and also the correlation thereof, through the series of the researcher's art works 〈In the Garden of Joy〉 and 〈Life-the Cross〉. In conclusion through the research and creative works based on the biblical view of nature, the current research has ascertained that it is possible to approach the truth that art seeks by imaging natural objects one experiences. The researcher looks forward to the Christian artists' new contributions to the post-modernism art through their Christian reflection. The researcher also hopes that they represent biblically the beautiful nature created by God through their works, to understand nature's spiritual significance and express its authentic Christian values, and thereby to realize once again the call to glorify God through art.