As we continue to explore the book of Philemon, satirist Shelly Williams brings us an unexpected response to Philemon 1:4-7:

I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers, because I hear about your love for all his holy people and your faith in the Lord Jesus. I pray that your partnership with us in the faith may be effective in deepening your understanding of every good thing we share for the sake of Christ. Your love has given me great joy and encouragement,because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people.





Artist Statement:

In these verses, Paul is reminding Philemon of his identity, who he loves, who loves him, and how he is being prayed for.  As the letter continues, Paul will be pointing back to these accepted realities in order to encourage Philemon to expand his circle of love and acceptance.  The audio pieces I create with the Cheney Cutler character play around with the absurdities of daily life.  In this case, I decided to run with this concept:  Celebrate who you are and what’s around you as you move boldly into the future.
Background sounds used in this piece were recorded in New York City and Spokane, WA.   The additional sound of frying food was provided by Zabuhailo with the Creative Commons License (


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Shelly Williams was raised in Washington state and studied art at Whitworth University in Spokane, WA. After graduating in 2005, she moved to Minneapolis where she worked for a grassroots social service agency and joined the artist cooperative at Highpoint Center for Printmaking. She returned to the Northwest several years later, joining the Saranac Artist Cooperative. Shelly loves to playfully interpret and misinterpret her surroundings. Her artistic practice incorporates walking, chronicling community interactions, writing, and photography. Her current project involves making audio recordings as the Cheney Cutler character, who delivers the news and other absurdities.  Shelly lives, works and records in New York City.




This work was curated but Jonathon Roberts. 

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  1. Sarah says:

    I am completely charmed :)

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