Transept: IN/BREAK Artist Reflections

Leading up to the IN/BREAK  exhibition in March, Transpositions  will be publishing a series of reflections written by artists who will be contributing works for the exhibition. These will be short pieces that provide insight into each artist’s unique creative process. They will offer glimpses of the author’s ideas and inspiration as they engage with the theme of IN/BREAK : the creative or destructive process of breaking in, and shattering of expectations, that can become an intrusion of hope. The reflections will also be an opportunity for artists to document challenges, frustrations and limitations; reminders of the complexities of artmaking and of the different demands this places on creators working in all mediums. The voice of the artist immersed in their work is rarely heard in the academic field of Theological Aesthetics, and we hope this will be a fresh, thought-provoking contribution to discussions of theology and the arts.

The series begins with an irreverent, candid reflection by author and poet Alicia Pollard, as she searches for a starting point amidst familiar and new sources of inspiration, inviting us into the mind of a writer poised to put pen to paper.


  • Ewan is a doctoral student at the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts (ITIA) in St Andrews, under the supervision of George Corbett (ITIA) and John Swinton (University of Aberdeen). He is researching ways of using popular artworks (novels, films, and television series) to design new forms of art therapy which provide emotional, psychological and spiritual care for cancer patients. This involves using fictional narratives, characters, and imagery to reflect and reframe patients' experiences of living with cancer, helping them to understand and articulate the effect of cancer on their lives. He is developing the impact of his research through an ongoing collaboration with several Scottish centres run by the Maggie's cancer care charity. Other interests include theological engagement with popular culture, the relationship between theology and humour, and the use of narrative form for theological expression.

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