I grew up in The Methodist Church and it being at the core of my family’s life. Both of my parents, Carol and Michael, are Methodist ministers. My father has served as a Bishop for several years as well. This fact has been perceived as unique – something friends or new acquaintances were always so surprised to hear when I told them I was the daughter of two Reverands. When in conversations with people about ‘church’ and ‘Religion’, there was either a first assumption that I was overly pious or conservative, once people began to connect a bit deeper with me, there was the realisation that myself and even my parents were a bit more liberal.
I do not attend church. However, my experience of the church and people from it has been one of community and support. I respect my parents work and their lifestyle, it is their tool for understanding and connecting with the world around them, through the church, scripture and their faith.
In this multimedia body of work, I present ideas and have a conversation with my father on how faith and relationships are at the centre of my own idea of being part of the Methodist church, albeit unconventional:
Family moments reflected in the everyday activities at home, away from the walls of the place of worship. Moments of a Sunday service to provide context and show the quiet ways people connect at church; water as a symbolic body for quietness and tranquillity; moments of being alone, on a phone, looking outside a window, reflecting.
This body of work is an attempt to showcase in a softly presented form, my way of understanding the world around me – my own connection with ideas of stories and something bigger than ourselves.