My Current Art Practice : A Positive Attitude Towards Western Christianity, Spirituality And The Church Essay

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The aim of my current art practice is to cultivate a more positive attitude towards Western Christianity, spirituality and the church as a whole, and examine what it means to be a child within the church and having a voice that is not necessarily always heard. In order to fully realize these objectives, a thorough research into the scope of religion, play and brain development in childhood in conjunction with each other is required. Particular attention needs to be paid to the Gospel of Mark, which is primarily influential to the body of work I intend to produce. My impressions of the Christian Church are formed by my own experience attending the Bluff Methodist Christian Church in Kwa-Zulu Natal from the age of seven until I reached nineteen years of age. While the church I previously belonged to had a Sunday School service for the children, a lot of the time my sibling and I would attend the early morning service with the rest of the adults in my family. This normally entailed an hour long session of forced sitting and singing of outdated hymns from the 18th century. Often my sister and I would get scolded for not listening and singing or fiddling. I personally believe we would have retained more from the serves each Sunday if the sermons were given in a more entertaining or interactive manner. That being said, the status, value and role of children as bearers of an evolving religious agency and autonomy are often negated in that many scholars of theology and

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