Posted by: HAT | January 11, 2010

Transformation

As I’ve said before, Utopian discourse is transformative discourse.

The transformation of materials is key to the deep affinities between art, religion, politics — all of which might be places for utopian discourse, though as we know they are often places for other kinds of discourse.

When I said that before, I was hoping to include a beautiful image I’ve had in my digital collection for several years, a portrait by Tania Kugai of Sophia, the personified wisdom of Proverbs 8, inter alia. Wisdom is the one who says “Happy are those who keep my ways” and who warns “all who hate me love death.” (Prov. 8:32, 36) Poiesis as life-giving and life-affirming transformation.

The artist has graciously given me permission to include that image, under the title “Sophia” by Tania Kugai, which I do now.

Sophia by Tania Kugai

'Sophia' by Tania Kugai, ca. 2003

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