Qu4rtets: Makoto Fujimura and a A Response to T.S. Eliot in Word, Image, and Sound (Friday Feature)

I am reading Makoto Fujimura’s intricate, personal, and intelligent 2016 book, Silence and Beauty: Hidden Faith Born of Suffering. This book weaves Fujimura’s particular approach to Nigonga painting, “slow art” as he calls it, with Shūsaku Endō stunning novel, Silence, and Fujimura’s own experiences as a bicultural Japanese-American who finds Christian faith in–of all places–his ancestral home of Japan. This minidoc captures the heart of Fujimura’s work, stylistically and theologically:

In preparing a lecture where I use Makoto Fujimura’s work and writing to talk about Silence, I was on his website and found a link to an intriguing project. Artist Makoto Fujimura is joined by artist Bruce Herman, composer Christopher Theofanidis, and theologian of beauty Jeremy Begbie to respond to T.S. Eliot‘s great work, The Four Quartets. While I was not able to attend the original installation at Duke or any of the places on the tour, this short documentary captures the beauty and depth of the response. I hope you enjoy this Feature Friday treat!

Except from “Little Gidding” and the closing of T.S. Eliot’s The Four Quartets

Not known, because not looked for
But heard, half-heard, in the stillness
Between two waves of the sea.
Quick now, here, now, always–
A condition of complete simplicity
(Costing not less than everything)
And all shall be well and
All manner of thing shall be well
When the tongues of flames are in-folded
Into the crowned knot of fire
And the fire and the rose are one.

About Brenton Dickieson

“A Pilgrim in Narnia” is a blog project in reading and talking about the work of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the worlds they touched. As a "Faith, Fantasy, and Fiction" blog, we cover topics like children’s literature, apologetics and philosophy, myths and mythology, fantasy, theology, cultural critique, art and writing. This blog includes my thoughts as I read through Lewis and Tolkien and reflect on my own life and culture. In this sense, I am a Pilgrim in Narnia--or Middle Earth, or Fairyland. I am often peeking inside of wardrobes, looking for magic bricks in urban alleys, or rooting through yard sale boxes for old rings. If something here captures your imagination, leave a comment, “like” a post, share with your friends, or sign up to receive Narnian Pilgrim posts in your email box. Brenton Dickieson is a father, husband, friend, university lecturer, and freelance writer from Prince Edward Island, Canada. You can follow him on Twitter, @BrentonDana.
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