Faith and art come together for Norfolk sculptor
2016: North Norfolk artist Joseph Jarvis found faith through his work as a sculptor and now specialises in spiritual imagery. Tony Rothe reports.
Joseph studied Fine Art in Norwich a few years ago, and came to Christ as an adult. He is planning to move to Sheringham in order to further his involvement with Sheringham Lifeboat.
Joseph says: “There are two specific areas of my life that I am hoping will flourish: -
The first is to put to use the artistic gifts granted by God. My Fine Art degree specialised in sculpture. At the time I was not a Christian. However, the work that was made during my degree revealed Christian symbols and themes; light, resurrection, angels, especially. Although this was a while ago, since baptism and confirmation as an adult, faith and art have come together.
In 2015, Rev. Andrew Beane, of Aylsham, invited me to make and exhibit work as part of an open churches week. This prompted the crucifix, above right, my first overtly religious and figurative piece of sculpture. The crucifix was promptly bought and donated to the national shrine at Walsingham.
The head of Christ with crown of thorns, pictured above left, followed. I have created a small, devotional piece in cold cast bronze, with the ability to make copies for sale. I would like my work to reach a wider audience, and for people to be helped - spiritually supported - through the imagery. I am in the process of setting up an online point of sale.
The second is my membership of the RNLI. There has been a long held sense of duty to those in need. This sense of dutifulness, combined with a degree of selflessness is, I believe, answered in public service. Team work, common purpose and putting others first brings great satisfaction and fulfilment. There is an immediacy to the prospect of saving life at sea which, perhaps, has been prompted by those passages in scripture which remind us of Christ's sure and helping hand in times of trouble.
Thankfully, RNLI Sheringham has taken me on board as shore crew. I am thoroughly enjoying the commitment. To fully support the RNLI, and to undertake sea-going duties, it will be necessary for me to live and, preferably, work nearer to the lifeboat station.
Ultimately, it would be wonderful to live in Sheringham, to create faith-inspired
art and be available as RNLI sea-going crew.”
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