As mentioned in the first editorial post this term, during this academic year Transpositions will be featuring articles reflecting on the work of Transept; an artistic collaboration based in the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts (ITIA), with links to the wider academic and local community. As Transept explores a range of creative responses to the uncertainties, limitations and possibilities of this unique time, these articles will provide insights into the process of artmaking. Artists will be offered time and space to write about the practical and personal challenges, discoveries or achievements involved, adding a voice that is often absent from theological discussions of artworks and their authors. We are excited to be setting aside this space every month in Transpositions, and we hope that this will introduce readers to new perspectives on the intersections between theology, imagination, and artistry.
To begin this series, ITIA’s Giulia Privitelli presents a poignant, richly evocative reflection on the first meetings of the Transept group this year, framing this collaboration as a response to ‘crisis’. Inspired by three diverse artworks created by Transept members, each exploring the theme of ‘transpositions’, Giulia’s writing conveys the power of art to both reflect and reconcile ‘brokenness’, finding intimations of hope amidst chaos and disruption. And it is these hints of wholeness and glimpses of light that will continue to flow through the work of Transept and into the words of Transpositions throughout the coming year.
~ Karen (Editor-in-Chief) and Ewan (Series Editor)
Image credit: Transept logo designed by Sherrill Keefe