On his blog my friend Johnny Price called attention to the fact that Biola University invited artist Makoto Fujimura to speak at their 2012 Commencement Ceremony. For his topic he chose to meditate on “Starry Night” (1889), the famous work by Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) that draws our eyes into the dancing swirl of stars in a lovely sky of blue.
Makoto’s speech is a fascinating example of art interpretation and a warm reflection on vocation, creation and art in an age when the Spirit of light seems to left the church. “Because the heavens declare the glory of God,” Makoto insists, “we must carry the torch of truth, justice and the aroma of beauty outside the walls of our institutions.” Makoto’s speech is brief, thoughtful, and worth careful reflection—whether you are an artist or not.
I would love for you to leave comments here about your response to what Makoto says.