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Radical Second Things Art Gallery: Jeanne Smith

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When I was at Tikkun, I helped several art galleries for various artists. The artists tended to be female and their iconography tended to be religious, with overtones of motherhood and stewardship of the earth which are omnipresent in most feminist theology. One of my favorites I helped produce with Lisa Bigeleisen, my predecessor while I was there, was called "Images of Empowerment." Please check it out.

My little website here is not Tikkun. It doesn't have the same sort of backing or support and isn't tied directly to any religious institution. Nevertheless, Tikkun is a big influence for me in this project as one of the most serious radical religious magazines in the United States. I decided I would try out the gallery with the work of Jeanne Smith, who is a friend of Radical Second Things contributor Sharon Cretsinger. This is the art Jeanne sent my way. If people like it, maybe we can do more. Both Jeanne and Sharon are always welcome. I think art is also important in this one year memorialization of Jennifer Reimer, as Jennifer loved artwork and incorporated it in to most of her efforts.

This is her concept of Avalokiteshwara, the Boddhisattva of Compassion:

I had asked Jeanne for religious themed artwork, if she had any, since my website is quite clearly themed that way - although we of course go in any number of directions. This is what she had to say for this one:

This is a "religious" image because it is about transcending our robot existence in the extractive materialistic empire. Messiahs come to free slaves, but I think we can only free ourselves. Transcendence is within.


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Michael Orion is a blogger, writer, artist and photographer based in the Bay Area. Besides his maintenance and promotion of Radical Second Things, he contributes to the San Francisco newspaper SF Western Edition, where he writes about local non-profit organizations.

Mark Cappetta is a practicing Catholic and active LGBT activist. He has been instrumental in keeping Radical Second Things and updates the Facebook account almost daily.

Eva Gnostiquette is an artist, programmer, "future scientist," bi-trans girl and graphic designer. She voluntarily helped to create the first print issue Radical Second Things and designed our beautiful banners. Thanks so much, Eva!

Jordan Denato is a professional artist based out of Iowa. He took the initiative to illustrate both Jennifer Reimer's story and Michael Orion's Oscar Romero work. He has his own art studio, Tar and Feather Studios, and is a critical part of Radical Second Things.

Radical Second Things is a liberation theology themed blog that has clear cut goals - we see the structural decline of the United States and much of the west and hope to present alternatives that will offer "a preferential option for the poor" as more become vulnerable.

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