Adrienne Chaplin challenges the way we tend to speak about art and the definitions that we use.
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Adrienne Dengerink Chaplin is a philosopher of art with a particular interest in materiality and meaning, and the relationship between faith and art. Born in the Netherlands, Adrienne gained her PhD in philosophy from the Free University of Amsterdam, in which city she also studied art history (with Hans Rookmaaker), musicology and violin. She studied aesthetics with Calvin Seerveld at the Institute for Christian Studies, a Christian Graduate School in Toronto, where she met her British husband Jonathan Chaplin, a political theorist. She was an Inter-Varsity staff worker for music students in London, UK where both of their children were born. From 1999 until 2007 Adrienne taught philosophical aesthetics at the Institute for Christian Studies, during which time she also served as President of the Canadian Society for Aesthetics. She is co-author of ‘Art and Soul: Signposts for Christians in the Arts’ (IVP) and currently works as a freelance writer and speaker, based in Cambridge, UK.