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Pride Goddess

Rev. Dr. Angela Yarber
2020, Assemblage, 16" x 20", Physical and Online Exhibit

"Pride Goddess was created as an assemblage piece during the pandemic. At the time of creation, I was locked down at my then home in Kea’au, HI. All state parks and beaches were closed; our queer little family was trying to homeschool our two young children, living OUT and proud while simultaneously locked IN. Collaging previous goddess paintings alongside live plants, I connected more fully with the earth—‘aina—during this time of disconnection. My young children gathered plants with me from our garden, the jungle, the ocean, and our neighborhood, coinciding colors with the Pride flag. Then I assembled them into a collage and photographed it. From there, I added graphic art to complete the Pride Goddess.
The theme of LGBTQ+ Pride is obvious, but it’s more than that. This pride draws upon the idea of queerness by black, feminist author, bell hooks, when she says, “Queer not as about who you’re having sex with (that can be a dimension of it); but queer as being about the self that is at odds with everything around it and has to invent and create and find a place to speak and to thrive and to live.” With both decolonization and queering in mind, this art examines what it means to be at odds with everything around it, and how, together, we can invent and create places to speak, thrive, and live. Pride Goddess represents pride for anyone who has felt at odds with everything."

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Goddess of Radical Imagination

Rev. Dr. Angela Yarber
2020, Assemblage, 16" x 20", Physical and Online Exhibit

"Goddess of Radical Imagination was created as an assemblage piece during the pandemic. She was my first foray into assemblage after over a decade as a professional painter. The pandemic brought my academic arts non-profit to a screeching halt with travel restrictions cancelling all our arts travel courses, which provided the bulk of our funding. Scrambling, I enrolled in an Arts MBA course and was encouraged to experiment with collage. Taking the goddess painting I’d finished just before the pandemic started, I assembled it alongside live plants, sea glass, and other natural elements from the island I called home at the time.
Such an experiment was scary as a non-profit executive floundering to keep her business afloat, but profoundly meaningful as an artist because it gave me an opportunity to connect more deeply with the land where I was quarantined. It was also an invitation to engage my own radical imagination without worrying about creating paintings in my tried and true, sellable style beloved by my collectors. Instead, I imagined and created differently, queering the art process.
Goddess of Radical Imagination is inspired by black, feminist author, bell hooks, when she says, “The function of art is to do more than tell it like it is—it’s to imagine what’s possible.” Honoring that imagination is humanity’s greatest gift, the Goddess of Radical Imagination brings together myth, memory, and land during a time of pandemic."

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Goddess of Radical Love

Rev. Dr. Angela Yarber
2020, Assemblage, 16" x 20", Physical and Online Exhibit

"Goddesses of Radical Love was created as an assemblage piece during the pandemic. In addition to the live plants that typify my assemblage pieces, I collaged lace and fabrics to signify the importance of so-called “women’s work” and women-to-women love that has too long gone unrecognized at best, demonized at worst. Embodying Shange’s choreopoetry—I found god within myself and I loved her, I loved her fiercely—Goddesses of Radical Love remind us of the powering of radically loving self and loving others. As so many couples struggled during the lockdown portion of the pandemic, the power of radical love shines through in the Goddesses of Radical Love. And the faithfulness of queer couples in the face of discrimination and heteronormativity further enhances the idea of radical love, particularly during a time of pandemic."

About the Artist

"Rev. Dr. Angela Yarber is the artist, author, and Executive Director of the Tehom Center, a non-profit teaching about revolutionary women through art, writing, retreats, and academic courses."

Contact for Purchase

Contact this artist directly to purchase her work.

Email: angelamyarber@gmail.com

Phone Number: 7708420396

Instagram: @tehomcenter

Website: tehomcenter.org