Western countries bring home the realities these horrors. The pain of this is especially heightened for those Christian artists who had survived in Soviet states by making underground religious imagery, some of them willing to live as “non-persons” and sacrificing everything for their art.
They cannot understand why there is so little interest in their work in the West, despite the fact that it is usually theoretically and morally better than that produced by the small number of religious artists.
This shortage of Christian artists in the West is an extra enigma, for it would appear that many avenues of development lie open to the gifted person of faith. No imprisonment, death, or destitution awaits him/her here. Only in propaganda art is an image considered slave to ideology, a truth not lost on those who have endured unreal culture.
hese refugees to the west are perplexed, to find in North American churches the employment of art not so much as embodiment of the truth, which is its role even in the most catechetical art relating to worship art, but as a decorative advertisement for the truth, a delicate but major difference