The Artist’s Autobiography

by Geoff Hall
Part 4 in the 4-part series Spiritual Direction in a Postmodern Landscape

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One of the biggest issues I’m asked about in my capacity as an arts mentor focuses on identity. Who am I as an artist? The next serious question is then How should my faith inform and give shape to my work? Autobiography will help artists to grapple with the issues from within redemption’s story and guide them to find a place to live and work in contemporary culture.

It is assumed that there is a straight line between who we are and what we do, because in schools and colleges we are told that we are educated to form part of the (standardised) technological society. We are a valid contributor to the local and national economy; we are to all intents and purposes viewed as passive contributors and consumers. We earn so that we can spend, to bolster the GDP of the Nation. That’s all there is to it!

Table of Contents

Foreword 13
Introduction 17
Cultural contexts/distorted images – humanism 21
Cultural contexts/distorted images – nihilism 25
The method and madness of 21st Century Mint Imperialism 35
The prophetic call to clear the ground 39
Developing and fixing an Image 43
The spiritual community or the circus 51
Guides of the Wilderness terrain 59
The artist’s autobiography and the leitmotiv of love 69
Worldviews and storytelling 77
The future of subversive art 81
Afterwords 97
A future tense, a tense future 105
Appendix 113
From the Editor 117
Also in this series 118
About the Author 120
Notebook 130


  • ISBN-13: 978-0-9568034-9-8
  • 142 pages
  • notebook section
  • Edited & Designed by Chris Lorensson
  • Cover photo © Geoff Hall