About the Art
Artemis and the Moon started as a pandemic project; an exhausted, defeated, desperate attempt of control and understanding -- of purpose. Since I can remember, Artemis has been my matriarch. A symbol of pure adoration for the wild, a fierce companion and protectress, someone so absolutely themselves since she was born, as the myths tell it. It has been through her, I have always learned to live my life. In my professional life, this is portrayed through my environmental career field, in my personal life it is activated in my close magickal work with Artemis. And then, through this work, it was the physicality of it all -- the tangible craft I could step back from and see myself, her, nature, beauty, death, the intangible wild, all in one.
I decided to share this intensely personal part of me with my local community and it has been so beautifully embraced by my friends, peers, other artists in the community and outside, including people on the internet that don't know me or even probably of Artemis, and for that I feel the most grateful to be able to create.
About the Artist
Artie is a St. Pete transplant since 2017 and fell in love with the city upon arrival. As a devoted lover and steward of nature and all that reside in it, they took quickly to the area's unique and incredible ecosystems. They finished their bachelor's degree in Environmental Science and Policy (with a sustainability concentration) at USFSP Summer of 2021 and has since pivoted all their time and energy to investing into their small business and finally attending in-person markets! Through this, Art was able to establish a maker's market of their own, in partnership with their best friend; New Moon Maker's Market has been warmly embraced with open arms by the local St. Petersburg art community in an unbelievable way and now occur monthly following the Moon Cycle. New Moon Makers' Market is an indie market that gives smaller artists and makers the opportunity to interact with their local community and potential customers; the market is proudly all-inclusive, acting as both a safe space for queer and POC residents of the local area, as well as a magickal environment for the community to be together.
You can read more here and follow along for future dates and announcements!
Artie is a practicing Green Witch and this craft is of course just one facet of that! Their stewardship manifests in their work at Boyd Hill as a Land Management Intern (which they loved sooo much) and hopefully one day down the line with the Park or Forest Service. Art and their partner have a backyard garden that has exploded with abundance recently (mostly their partners doing) with big plans ahead of them. Their beautiful partner has also assisted in the process of one of Art's major long-term manifestations: growing and raising their own flowers and bugs, in order to ensure a wholly holistic process full of complete love and intention. This year they have begun the process of seed-starting their collection of native wildflowers to harvest and include in their art, as well as their first round of Monarch butterflies! (Hoping to write up a bit more about that entire process and just how incredible the practice as a whole is!)
Perhaps the most important part of their life is her beautiful animal children; their earthbound family consists of their familiar Nyx, Daughter of Chaos, and demon puppy in training, Jupiter Chrysanthemum who joined the family earlier this year.
Two of Artie's children are passed on, forever running through the Elysian Fields; the first being Orion, the sweetest boy ever along with his best friend, Art's first familiar and first born, Ghost.
Ghost passed suddenly from complications with cancer in April of 2021, the shock subsequently putting this whole project on hold for the better part of a year. Ghost was immensely loved by his friends and strangers alike and touched the hearts of every single person that ever happened upon him; he was regally revered online (as he deserved) and leaves a huge legacy behind. Ghost was and still is an instrumental facet of my identity and I owe everything to him.
I miss you.