Creation and contemplation
<p>“Faith is very much attached to what I’m doing,” said Dominic Renz ’20, who graduated from SPU with a degree in studio art. “Praise and lament are always fighting within me. My work reflects the idea that it’s OK to not always understand, and it’s OK to have doubts. </p>

“That’s the human process and the process of art. I’m not trying to push Christian ideology with my work, but instead I’m trying to convey some very human questions: How do we wrestle with tragedy or injustice? How do we wrestle with our own darkness? How do we pair that with joy and goodness?”

A California native, Renz transferred to SPU for the opportunity to learn and create in a small program. “I wanted close, one-on-one dialogues with professors. I also wanted to come to Seattle and experience the city, to see what the bigger art world was like. I wanted to live in a place full of creative people, where I could have conversations about making visual representations that reflect what’s going on within ourselves.”

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