God is Voluptuous and Delicious

"god is voluptuous and delicious" assemblage by sara saltee, 2017.  Photo credit:  michael stadler studios.

"god is voluptuous and delicious" assemblage by sara saltee, 2017.  Photo credit:  michael stadler studios.

"God is Voluptuous and Delicious"  - Meister Eckhart

Often, in the studio, assemblages come in pairs. Apparently, my balance-loving creative self has a deeply embedded point/counterpoint structure that simply will have her way.  So, after Vision Test for America, which I profiled last month, came this piece - an equal and opposite reaction to the energy of domination and fear evoked in that pig-topped space of ice and bones and crumbling fake gold.

I felt compelled to express a big F U to those who denigrate the feminine principle and all associated with her:  women's bodies, and the body of the earth.  I wanted to enshrine the life-giving energy of the divine feminine in an unabashed, no-holds-barred, in your face kind of way. I wanted to assert that the cramped, cruel "reality" we're seeing mirrored by the current regime is not the truth. Beneath and beyond the political realm there is Nature and Woman and Life, and they will have their way.  

And so, I returned to this much-beloved Meister Eckhart quote:  "God is Voluptuous and Delicious."  And in this narrow crypt of a beat up old toolbox, I started to build an altar to the feminine energy of God - the Voluptuous God, the Delicious God, the God of juicy, outrageous, burgeoning LIFE.  This is not the God of Domination - there is no cruelty here, no control, no sanctimonious bullshit, no judgement or punishment or keeping down.  

In the grotto of this God there is day and night, moon and cabbage, hidden frogs and wildly uncontrollable flowers, offerings of eggplant and a mystery scroll (perhaps a lost bit of wisdom from the never-fully-conquered goddess traditions?), polka-dotted feathers borrowed from the birds, pearls and seed beads, grapes and berries, plums and roses, vines and leaves.  

And a shiny slice of pink melon, exalted.  Rearrange the parts and you have woman.  Radiant, wild, nourishing, sexy, rising.  

So there.

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la luna in the heavens

la luna in the heavens

a victorian foremother communing with blue and green frogs

a victorian foremother communing with blue and green frogs

the woman and the girl- at home in the garden

the woman and the girl- at home in the garden

God is Voluptuous and Delicious will be available for purchase at the Creative Recycled Art Projects (C.R.A.P.) Show at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts.  The opening reception is March 3rd from 5 - 7 pm, then runs the weekends of March 4-5 and 11-12.  The C.R.A.P. show is a benefit for WICA, with 30% of proceeds going to support their essential work to keep our community uplifted and human and humane.  To inquire about purchasing this assemblage, please email sara@sarasaltee.com.