ABOUT THE GODDESSARTS MAG
Dear art friends and art lovers, I am Lena Snow, the founder of the Goddessarts Magazine. With this magazine we want to give artists from all over the world the possibility to show their art and for people to get to know you and your story. Everyone is welcome: self-taught, beginners, emerging, mid-career, establised, young, old.
This platform is run by artists for artists, and we understand ourselves as a community that embraces art and wants to connect with artists all over the world and bring them together.
We know that the art world can be difficult and exploitative. For this reason we would like to establish warm, honest, appreciative and long-term contacts. Our goal is also to continuously develop Goddessarts Mag and support artists the best way we can.
This magazine wants to focus on colorful, cheerful, energetic, powerful and empowering art. With your accounts and your art we aim to encourage people, give them support and make them feel welcome, respected and valued. We hope that you discover a new favorite artist, submit your own work or learn something new that can empower you on your creative journey.
Moreover, we aim to bring your art and story in front of a broad audience. Our magazine can be read online and in print and therefore is accessible to everyone. On social media we promote your feature, art and personal story, where we reach thousands of people. Our website also showcases your art by giving the artists a permanent voice in our blog section, and also by presenting artworks in our permanent online exhibitions.
We belive that art forms your character and has the power to make us more sensitive, more open-minded and more attentive. Because we feel that it is the responsibility of everyone to contribute something to the world, no matter how small, we are also inviting humanitarian and environmental organizations to inform the community about their work and projects. We also learned that giving back is a priority for us and we are passionate about donating to good causes in support of our society.
WHAT WE HAVE ACHIEVED SO FAR
The Goddessarts Magazine has featured incredible, powerful, and most inspiring artists from all over the world and our creative community is continuously growing.
Artists have contributed immensely by telling their unique, honest, and empowering stories, thereby giving other artists insights, inspiration, and the feeling of empowerment. Another beautiful effect we could notice is that many artists started to discover fellow artists, followed them, and kept supporting them, sometimes even started a collaboration.
We have received many kind, warm and appreciative messages and we have had many wonderful conversations, either via e-mail, chat or even voice message. We learned that several artists got interviews by other magazines or blogs because they were discovered on our page, and we got the feedback that through our community creatives got new ideas or inspirations for other projects. This amazing snowball effect has been going on and will continue thanks to your contribution.
With every issue and that means with every submission, we have been able to support humanitarian organizations. With our first issue we supported the female rights organization Terres des Femmes, with our second issue we could help Plant for the Planet to realize re-forestation projects and with our third issue we decided to contribute a share to Handicats, an institution specialized in helping and taking care of disabled, injured, and violated cats.
Also, we decided to donate all proceeds of issue IV to a trustworthy orphanage in Freiburg, Germany (Kinderheim Freiburg) who takes care of orphaned children of the Ukraine. For a long time now, we have been cooperating with "Art to Healing", that supports women suffering from trauma due to physical and psychological abuse and trauma from sex trafficking. Please also read their article in our magazine and feel free to get involved in their valuable projects.
Following the recent events in Iran, the Goddessarts Magazine will be giving the proceeds of issue 6 and 7 to the NGO Center for Human Rights in Iran. You can support them additionally by reading about their work, by following them on social media @centerforhumanrights, and by donating. On occasion of the Women’s Month March and the International Women’s Day, we decided to support UNFPA (the United Nations Population Fund) for women with issue 8 and 9.
ABOUT THE FOUNDER
I am a fine artist based in Germany, and I started to create art when I was a teenager. The fact that I had to endure a tough and violent childhood definitely affected and shaped my art. Yet it was equally the process of emancipation and self-reliance that contributed to an elevation of my creativity. I have often felt disconnected and alone, but somehow Nature, and especially my creative Nature, was always there to comfort me and help me to carve out ways of surviving.
Producing several series over the years, I also earned a Master’s degree at the University of Mannheim to become a teacher. My works are strongly influenced by the ideas and philosophy of the American Transcendentalist Movement - a spiritual and literary movement occurring in the middle of the 19th century demanding people to become self-empowered and self-reliant.
Topics of spiritual enlightenment, connectivity, and female identity are always present in my art. My Goddesses are my way of blossoming fearlessly. They are a new, powerful, and emancipated approach of my own identity and sexuality, and at the same time they stand for empowerment for all women that have suffered from trauma and sexism. My Goddesses are representing sensuality and are breaking free from stigma and any cultural oppression, limitations or even punishment for being feminine. I created them as higher beings from the Universe - untouchable, unattainable, divine. In this way my Goddesses not only represent my own wish of being indestructible but show a universal hope of all women to show their beauty, vibrance and sexuality without having to face mistreatment or objectification. My Goddesses are a part of my inner fallen Goddess that is now able to rise again through my art. For a long time only men have painted women, but it is time that women change the narrative and contribute to a new, empowered, and joyful expression of elevated femininity.
Due to some stressful years I had almost given up on art. However, in March 2020 when the Corona Crisis struck the world, I could focus more on myself and started to paint again. Since then I have devoted my life to art and I have been working with a lot of effort on my projects.