Creative Expression Through the Gift of God: The Intertwining of Creativity and Religion of the Poor Clares in New Orleans, Louisiana

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Creative Expression Through the Gift of God: The Intertwining of
Creativity and Religion of the Poor Clares in New Orleans,
Louisiana, Is A Well-Researched Topic, It Is To Be Used As A Guide Or Framework For Your Research.

ABSTRACT

This thesis looks at the relationship of art and creativity among the Poor Clares in New Orleans, Louisiana. Through the six sisters, the project addresses the way that religion influences the art that each sister produces. While each sister has had a different experience that drew them to religious life and their artwork, they all agree that their creativity is a gift from God, and this shapes how they engage with their art.
The literature gives an understanding to the role of the artist, and how to understand the nuance in an artist’s choice, when “why” something is produced is often difficult to ask. By using phenomenology, this thesis is able to address the experiences of the sisters and use that to understand how their religion is so closely tied into their art. Beyond that, the literature looks at the way people interact with religious art, to better understand how the sisters interact with their pieces and the art in the monastery.

The Poor Clares’ experiences show the close connection between religion and creativity. The work shows that the experience of each individual artist plays a role in what they produce, but also highlights how something like religion can draw artists together to share in their experience.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

ABSTRACT ………………………………………………………………………………………………………… ii
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS ……………………………………………………………………………………. iii
DEDICATION ……………………………………………………………………………………………………. iv
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS ……………………………………………………………………………….. vii
CHAPTER I – INTRODUCTION ………………………………………………………………………….. 1
Introducing Creativity ……………………………………………………………………………………….. 1
Religion and Art ……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 2
Intention of Art …………………………………………………………………………………………….. 2
Definitions……………………………………………………………………………………………………. 3
The History of the Poor Clares …………………………………………………………………………… 5
New Orleans Monastery: Past and Present …………………………………………………………… 5
Research Overview …………………………………………………………………………………………… 7
CHAPTER II – LITERATURE REVIEW ………………………………………………………………. 9
Art in Anthropology ………………………………………………………………………………………….. 9
Phenomenology and Art ………………………………………………………………………………….. 14
Creativity Outside Fine Art ………………………………………………………………………………. 16
Interaction with Religious Art ………………………………………………………………………….. 18
Role of the Poor Clares ……………………………………………………………………………………. 20
CHAPTER III – METHODS ………………………………………………………………………………… 22

St. Clare Monastery, New Orleans ……………………………………………………………………. 23
Interviews ………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 24
Participant Observation ……………………………………………………………………………………. 28
CHAPTER IV – CREATIVITY AMONG THE SISTERS ………………………………………. 30
Introducing the Sisters …………………………………………………………………………………….. 30
Sister Catherine …………………………………………………………………………………………… 30
Sister Veronica ……………………………………………………………………………………………. 32
Sister Therese ……………………………………………………………………………………………… 33
Sister Cecilia ………………………………………………………………………………………………. 34
Sister Agatha ………………………………………………………………………………………………. 34
Sister Rose …………………………………………………………………………………………………. 35
Understanding Creativity …………………………………………………………………………………. 37
Production ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 42
Connecting with the Holy Spirit ……………………………………………………………………….. 53
Recipients of Art …………………………………………………………………………………………….. 56
Prayer as Art, Art as Prayer ……………………………………………………………………………… 61
CHAPTER V – CONCLUSION …………………………………………………………………………… 63
APPENDIX A –IRB Approval Letter ……………………………………………………………………. 66
BIBLIOGRAPHY ………………………………………………………………………………………………. 67

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Author

Maureen Tierney

No of Chapters

5

No of Pages

78

Reference

YES

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