with Christian Visual Artist Kirk Adam
Name: Kirk Adam
QRD – Do you try to keep your faith life & artistic life separate?
Kirk – Not at all.
QRD – When creating your art do you feel closer to God?
Kirk – I do.
QRD – How has your art helped you grow as a Christian?
Kirk – Yes.
QRD – How has your art effected your faith?
Kirk – Creating & expressing through art allows me to mediate, visit, & travel to unforeseen places.
QRD – How are your faith & aesthetic ideas linked together?
Kirk – I don’t feel they are.
QRD – What has been your experience being a Christian in an underground “artistic” community?
Kirk – I think I can experience things clearly.
QRD – Have you experienced any negativity towards yourself regarding your beliefs?
Kirk – Not that I know of.
QRD – How do you reconcile the idea of making “dark” art against the perception that Christians making art “should” be creating art of praise or trying to “save” people?
Kirk – I am who I am & I create & express through my art. I’m not aware that art should be made to praise or save people. The Renaissance Art Period (1400-1600) was full of religious art & some of it was horror.
QRD – How do you feel about your work being shown with & for people who have a completely different set of beliefs than you do?
Kirk – I think all love color.
QRD – What’s your take on artists that refer to themselves as Satanic or Pagan?
Kirk – I look at the art. If I like their art, it doesn’t matter if that person is a Pagan or a Satanist.
QRD – What do you think of Contemporary Christian Art?
Kirk – I’m not aware of that artistic style or genre.
QRD – How did you become a Christian? Can you share your experience?
Kirk – Grew up in a Jerry Falwell style church, I learned about Jesus. Today I feel I’m very liberal & most Christians do not agree with how I understand the Bible & Faith.
QRD – Name a scripture that has personal significance to you & why?
Kirk – Proverbs 27:9 Seems real.
QRD – How has traditional religious art influenced your art?
Kirk – I love the Abstract Expressionism Art Movement. I love Color Fields. I’m not drawn to the Ren Art Period. Sorry :(
QRD – Would you like to be more involved with creating Christian art?
Kirk – Subject? No.… Faith is 24/7 & Faith is all that you breathe. I’m not into labels. Just because something is labeled “Christian Art” doesn’t mean it will be good or bad art.
QRD – Do you ever intentionally or unintentionally have Christian references in your work?
Kirk – I’m sure they are there, perhaps hidden or non-descriptive.
QRD – How do fans & peers respond to first finding out you are a Christian?
Kirk – Most Christians have a problem with me. Non-Christians are usually cool with me.
QRD – How do you respond to people making statements like, “I thought you were too smart to be a Christian?”
Kirk – I haven’t heard that as of yet.
QRD – How do you keep up your spiritual life with the erratic scheduling of an artistic life?
Kirk – Faith is who we are... 24/7. Life is a living prayer or communication with our creator.
QRD – How has Christianity helped you with dealing with the stresses of working in the art industry?
Kirk – Keeps me mellow.
QRD – Has your faith ever hindered your career in anyway?
Kirk – I don’t think so.
QRD – Anything else?
Kirk – Follow the desires & compassions
of your heart. Keep everything else out of your way.