Sculpture as Seeing

Mr. Patrick Beldio, a Ph. D. candidate in CUA’s School of Theology and Religious Studies, also makes sculptures. He draws on his experience portraying the human form in order to discuss “An Eye for Things Overlooked” by Joseph Pieper in the following video:

Mr. Beldio says that art is not merely a luxury, but instead something that we need in order to become more human. Have you seen ways in which arts bring important things into people’s lives?

Photo: “Ecstasy of Saint Theresa by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Cornaro Chapel of Santa Maria della Vittoria, Rome” by Jiuguang Wang is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

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  1. Jaesen Evangelista says:

    There’s no doubt that art brings out the “eye for things overlooked” because, in order to create beautiful art, you need to see beauty in what you are creating. However, from a more informal art practice, I can express the same experience. When I was young I loved coloring, and I still do. I don’t know, there’s something about coloring and following the lines that is so therapeutic. Though it’s not painting or drawing, I still have to pay attention to detail. I still have to see things with an eye for things overlooked that Pieper talks about. And the best part about it is that when you’re done coloring, you get to marvel at how beautiful the picture is, just like you imagined it to be. That’s pretty awesome.

  2. Mary Ryan says:

    As a musician, I see the arts bringing important things into peoples’ lives every day. Music is like drawing or painting, but with sound. Just as how a painting can make someone truly reflect on the beauty of the world around them, music can overflow the heart with emotions to see more beauty as well.

    An example that reading and watching this video reflection reminded me of was during a Steubenville conference last year. It took place in a stadium filled with thousands of teenagers and chaperones during Saturday night Adoration. The priest was finishing bringing the Monstrance through the crowd and the band was playing. One song, The Great I Am, really drew up a passion for Christ in the entire stadium that I had never experienced before. People were crying, laughing, falling down, and truly experiencing the gifts of the Holy Spirit in so many beautiful ways. Everyone was singing and reaching their arms towards the Monstrance because they truly understood that Christ was present in that tiny piece of bread.
    I think it was the words of that song and the passion that they were sung with that really helped to increase the love of Christ and the presence of Him that was already in the room. The music made it that much more intense and that much more beautiful. It would have still been absolutely beautiful with silent Adoration, but the music that was being sung harnessed the beauty of it all to help orchestrate incredible passion inside everyone’s hearts for the Body of Christ that we were all adoring.

    Music and art help you feel more and see more in the world. The arts bring out the “eye for things overlooked” by letting us visibly and audibly express what we see with our hearts.

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