Time and Again is the title of a multidisciplinary arts exhibition created by students and artists associated with Transept, the student-led artists’ group within the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts (ITIA) at the University of St Andrews. Artists explored the themes of ‘time’ and ‘cyclical time’ from many perspectives, in many mediums and through the lens of faith. This exhibition was originally planned to be shown at Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church in St Andrews from the 3rd through the 8th of April, 2020 as part of the university’s On the Rocks arts event. However, amid the growing COVID-19 health concerns the event had to be cancelled. This was devastating to this community of artists, especially the abrupt departures of several who had to return to their homes abroad. It was determined by the Transept admin team that the best response to the situation was not to quash the exhibition but instead to offer the artists’ work through a digital format. It was decided to host the Time and Again exhibition as an event from the Transept Facebook page. The exhibition ran for two weeks, as new artwork was added daily from the 9th through the 23rd of April. The hope was for the exhibition ultimately to reach a wider audience through virtual means in this time of isolation.
A dozen visual artists and two performing artists displayed their work and over 300 people were reached. In addition, at the culmination of the exhibition, an online performance was offered to the Time and Again artists and team in the spirit and style of Playback Theatre, which was to have been a performance in the venue during the exhibition to complement the artworks.
Letizia Morley, Artist-in-Residence from January, led the effort with the help of the coordinating team: Karen McClain Kiefer, Liv Mayoros and Sarah Moffitt. The following artists were featured:
Her work explores our hopes, fears, choices, chances and sense of identity. Inspiration comes from her surroundings, the environment and the people she encounters, together with her own spiritual journey. Working with a variety of media and in participation with the public, her work often contrasts the power of the natural elements with the fragility and temporary nature of life and the futility of human endeavours and seeks to inspire others to step out beyond what they know for certain. She is excited by opportunities to bring people together, to build relationships and explore together, in ways that create liminal spaces where for a short time perhaps the unimaginable becomes possible. Please visit www.revelationarts.org.uk for more of her work.
Dan is a PhD candidate with Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in collaboration with ITIA, St Mary’s, St Andrews. He is also a member of Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church.
Kieran Gaya is inspired by the artistic production of diverse persons as displayed in a unified context. He notes how progressive or drastic changes in the vernacular visual fabric transform the life of its inhabitants. His own diverse, third/fourth-culture, background imprints his artistic process. He uses mixed-media to express the timeline of his multi-faceted journey. Please visit https://www.ucd.ie/humanities/people/residentscholars/kierangaya/ for more about Kieran and his work.
Rebecca grew up on the Isle of Man and then studied French and German at Oxford. She worked at the University Library in St Andrews for 8 years, then moved back to Oxford where she works at the Bodleian Law Library.
Karen McClain Kiefer
Karen McClain Kiefer, Director, is a PhD candidate in ITIA exploring theological and theatrical contexts of ‘empty space’ with emphasis on improvisation and Holy Saturday. Karen is a community theatre co-founder, director, improvisor, and a certified Advanced Practitioner of Playback Theatre. Her current practical work emphasises collaborative and improvisational storytelling (and producing/directing unconventional performances in unconventional spaces!)
Jean Lamb is a professional artist and associate priest in the Church of England with over 30 years experience of making art for and with the Christian community. She graduated from Reading University in 1979, specialising in Fine Art (B.A.Hons.) She then continued her studies in Theology, obtaining an Oxford Certificate in Theology from St Stephen’s House in 1984. Her postgraduate MA degree was in Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University, 1988. Her website is jeanlamb.com.
Julia MacLaurin trained at Wimbledon College of Art Foundation Course 1985-6 and Canterbury College of Art 1986-89. She is interested in energy and aliveness, trees and nature. Her recent work is about the earth, disintegration and renewal.
David McCulloch completed his MFA (distinction) in Art, Society and Publics from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD) in 2017. He was awarded the John Kinross Scholarship to Florence in 2018. He is currently in a second year as Artist in Residence at DJCAD. In 2010 David co-founded the charity Morphē Arts. He also programs two gallery projects in Dundee – Nomas* Projects and Sharing Not Hoarding. Recent exhibitions include the RSA Annual 2019. For more of David’s work see else-where.org.
Letizia Morley is a representational artist who works in a variety of mediums including oil and watercolour painting, drawing, medieval style illuminated calligraphy and hand-drawn graphic novel-style comics. She is the current head of the Transept and the curator of this year’s ‘Time and Again’ exhibition. For more of her work please visit www.letiziamorley.com.
Daniel Rattelle is a poet and arts journalist from Massachusetts and currently a postgraduate student at the University of St Andrews. His poems and prose have appeared recently in Measure, Dappled Things, The Columbia Review, and The Golden Walkman. His second chapbook, The Sleeping House (2018) is available from Eyewear Publishing. You can find him on Twitter @Drattelle.
Liesel Rios is a PhD wife and a graduate of Wheaton College with a degree in Studio Art. She has channeled the last 11 years of Creative Energy into gestating, birthing, breastfeeding, and homeschooling her 4 children. She thinks there ought to be a degree for that, like a badge or black-belt or something. This is her first re-assertion into the art world, a hand joyously raised at roll-call.
Laurentiu Tiberiu Stancu
Laurentiu Tiberiu Stancu, MSc. Arch., was born on 10.04.1980 in Craiova, Romania. He studied architecture in Bucharest, Ghent and Vaduz and is currently living and practising in Chur, Switzerland. His work tries to find the theological grounds of architecture.
Those who were to have figured into the exhibition but were unable to participate in the online event are:
Ashley Mowers and Mariah Ziemer, Artists-in-Residence in the autumn term 2019 who initially organised the Transept group for this academic year.