God versus Darwin? Artist doesnt take sides
Pardon Christine Goldbeck’s pun, but when a York County school district injected creationism into its high school biology course in 2004 – and removed it in 2005 upon the order of a federal judge – she followed the impassioned arguments by conservative Christians who favored God over Darwin “religiously.’’
She saved newspaper clippings, hoping to write a book about it. One day she decided to skip the book – she is a painter, so why not paint her opinions on canvas?
For six months she painted, creating seven large expressionistic canvases. They hang, stacked in two rows in a corner of her Middletown art gallery, next to lighted candles, circular wombs in glowing red-oranges and blue-greens that seem to be churning.
Does she believe in creationism or evolution? She purposely made her canvases ambiguous, painting intuitively, not from a sketch. Feel free to tell her what you see in the paintings. She is not the type of artist who prefers to explain to you what she meant.
Here is an image of one of her paintings.
Well, I guess I’m glad someone gets inspiration out of the whole culture-war thing. Yet I can’t help but think the artist’s position is just another bit of post-modernism’s flee from meaning.