Titles inspired from the Four Gospels – Vega O. Tan




A Confrontation
Entering the Temple
Breaking Ground



Graphite on sketch paper.



The theme of this series is about IN/BREAK as INTERRUPTION. In the four gospels of the New Testament, the Lord Jesus Christ interrupted the system of our world with his radical Good News. In this series, the four living creatures of God, associated with their respective gospels, represent Christ’s power and presence: they are his agents disrupting the scene, arresting our attention with a radical action. In turn, the people are compelled to react, give way, respond. Likewise we must decide: do we pull back from the interruptions of the Lord, or reach forth toward him?

A Confrontation: Inspired by a true story about a police officer who served a mentally disabled man and his father in the middle of a parking lot. But who was really serving who, and whose world was interrupted?

Entering the Temple: The Lord Jesus Christ cleansed the temple of Jerusalem when he lived on earth. What will he find when he enters our places of worship today?

Breaking Ground: There are times when the interruption comes quiet, slow, barely visible, yet certain – like rain developing over faithfully ploughed soil.

Wind-borne: [Jesus said] “The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (Gospel of John, 3:8).




A self-taught artist, ‘Vega’ O. Tan lives in Melbourne, Australia, and creates drawings in graphite and ink. Her art draws inspiration from the western Old Masters, Japanese anime, fantastic and speculative fiction, video games, and nature. Vega’s art can be found at Greatskyriver.net, and on Instagram and Tumblr.



  • Karen is finishing a PhD program in the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts after careers in corporate management, consulting, and pastoral and theatre ministry. She explores theological and theatrical contexts of ’empty space’ and general human disposition toward it, with emphasis on improvisation (specifically Playback Theatre) and Holy Saturday. Since 2017, Karen has led or advised ITIA’s Transept group, a postgraduate-led group of multidisciplinary practicing artists. Karen was an editor for Transpositions from 2017 to 2022. As Editor-in-Chief, she fostered a closer partnership between Transpositions and Transept, hosted the In/break exhibition on the Transpositions site, and introduced regular series into the publishing schedule.