Why? : A Statement of Purpose

Why Create?

Through the centuries, the sole question that has motivated science, philosophy, religion is the question why. Why do things exist? Is there any purpose to our living and breathing and dying on our planet earth in this one inconsequential corner of the universe?

As artists, I find we ask ourselves the same question, perhaps with another angle. What’s the point? we wonder. Perhaps we have had an audience in the past and don’t have one now. Perhaps we’ve never had an audience at all. Why would I continue to endlessly create? Will anyone ever be moved by my work? Does my creating matter at all

Why We Create

Jeremy and I certainly cannot answer this question for you. But we know our answer, and our answer defines our lives. We do all things — art-making, eating, dreaming, conversing, living amongst our community — for one purpose: to honor Jesus Christ.

The book of Colossians in the Bible tells us that Jesus Christ created the heavens and the earth, everything that we can see with our eyes and touch with our hands, and everything that remains invisible to us (Colossians 1:16-17).

We create because He created.

Colossians tells us that He also sustains all things by His very words; our planet spins because He moves it (Col. 1:17).

We are alive because He sustains us.

Colossians also tells us that in everything, He is preeminent, the most important person of all (Col. 1:18). All things were created for Him. He is God, yet He humbled himself and died on our behalf, to restore our relationship with God. He died bearing our wrong doing on his shoulders — He literally died for every false word spoken, for every hurtful thought, for every shameful act. And then, Colossians tells us that He rose from the dead, that He is really, truly alive!

This is crazy, and we believe it with our whole hearts. Jesus died and then came back from the dead. And then He offers forgiveness to us for every wrong we’ve ever committed against Him and others, which if we accept, can bring us into intimate relationship with God (Col. 1:13-23).

We believe Jesus is alive; we believe that we are sinners saved by His gracious death and resurrection; we believe that everything exists for His pleasure and glory; we believe that we can know and worship Him because we’ve accepted His grace.

Perhaps this all seems unrelated to you. You’d rather me keep my religion to myself. That’s a fair enough complaint, though you certainly don’t have to read what I write. And not all of our posts are this explicit about what we believe.

But I just have to tell you, honestly and truly, that this is the reason why I write stories and sing melodies. This is also the reason why Jeremy make robots and boxes filled with discarded objects. This is what makes us who we are.

It’s because of Him; because we want to honor Jesus, to worship Jesus, to be made like Jesus, and to share Jesus with other people so that they too can experience the freedom of being His.

What about you?

Art in Love? What does that mean?


For us, Jeremy and Liz Grant, the phrase “art in love” has a lot of meaning. We’ll  go into more depth about each aspect of what it means in the posts we write, as well as what we hope this blog will be, but to begin with, “art in love” has to do with us.

Who are Jeremy and Liz Grant?

Excellent question, Watson.

We are a recently married artist couple– in fact, our marriage will be  two weeks old this Saturday.

Jeremy Grant dabbles in almost every visual artistic medium. His fortes are graphic design and found object art (check out his flickr page for more of both), but he enjoys photography, illustration, collage, interior design, handy man work extraordinaire, etc…

Liz Grant (or Elizabeth Charlotte Grant, as she’d like to be known professionally ;)) is a writer of creative non-fiction, the genre of such greats as Annie Dillard, E. B. White, and David Sedaris (check out Liz’s old website here). She loves visual art and even paints, designs, collages, and takes photographs from time to time, but just for fun. She sings to herself in the car, enjoys to cook creatively, and is thrilled to be remodeling and decorating a new house with Jeremy.

What is “art in love”?

Art in love is, first of all, about us, Jeremy and Liz.

We know that God has brought us together to love each other and to do art together. It’s hard to say what that will look like now, but we have high hopes for collaborative work in the future. We are madly in love with each other. We respect and admire each other’s art and vision for living. And we want to explore how we can be the best artists, lovers, and friends to and with one another.

(NB: Some of our first posts may be sharing our love story with you, so you won’t want to miss that :))

Second, art in love is about you.

We love our friends, our families, and our audiences. We have been filled up with thankfulness and love for each other and for our God, and we have found that one of the best ways to say “I love you” is the artistic life. When an artist is paying attention to the beauty of the people in her life, then she will be more and more eager to represent that beauty she sees and to give it as a gift to her audience. She will be more eager to love her friends and family because of the beauty she is looking to find in them. Liz, in particular, finds that she rejoices over the people in her life more when she is seeking to tell good and beautiful stories.

Third, art in love is about the beauty of this world.

It has been a trend in recent years (or should I say that past two artistic and cultural movements of modernism and post-modernism?) to devalue the world and this life. The temptation for the artist has been to disregard audience altogether and to create art simply for himself. It has also been to find nothing in the world and nothing in his life that is beautiful. It is a choosing to ignore the beauty that is inherent in living.

Yes, tragedy and sorrow are always with us. Yes, poverty and despair haunt our living. But our living is also accompanied with great joy, with great hope, with flowers and bees and cucumbers and yarn. We refuse a gift when we as artists, as people, turn our eyes away from the beauty of living and choose instead to focus on the sufferings of this life alone. That is simply untrue, and Jeremy and I desire our art to reflect the truth of living, with its hardships and beauties.

(I’m sure Jeremy will define what we mean by “beauty” and “art” in a later post)

And art in love is, most importantly, about God.

We love God and know that He has given us artistic gifts for the sole purpose of worshipping Him out of love and thankfulness. We love to be His and we want to tell Him so in any way we can, and the best way we know how is through artistic expression. When we are loving Him, we will love everyone and everything else well: we will love each other, we will love you, we will love this world.

So, I realize we aren’t beginning this blog with a light introduction, but we hope that our philosophy of art will draw you in.

We hope to post all sorts of things here:

We want to highlight artists that we love and talk about artists that we don’t love and why.

We want to point you to beauty at every turn.

We want to display some of our own art here to encourage you in the artistic life and to give you as a gift.

We want to allow other artist friends of ours to post on here as well– to hear their valuable thoughts on the arts and on living.

And we want this to be a discussion place for artists to be able to explore why art is so important and why we must do art on top of all the other necessities of living (such as grocery shopping, doing laundry, checking email, dusting table tops, and pulling up tenacious weeds–or maybe that’s just my week).

We love you.


Liz (for Jeremy too)