|The interior dome in St. Peter's, Vatican City|
|View of Minaret in Fes|
For me, a culture's greatest religious expression is in the visual arts. Narrative paintings and reliefs have taught many believers in a variety of religions for thousands of years. Many of the iconic buildings in history were built for religious purposes. Once the modern era began, religious artwork and architecture were overshadowed by the secular. However, some modern and contemporary artists have included, have guided by, or have pointedly rejected religious or spiritual practices, such as Rothko's Chapel in Houston, Kandinsky's book Concerning the Spiritual in Art, and the collaborative work by Roberto Sifuentes and Guillermo Gomez-Pena in Temple of Confessions.
Regardless of religious affiliation or current practices, each individual is guided by belief systems which may be associated with spirituality. I am fascinated by how this manifests in art, education, and practice.