Numen Arts was founded in response to a problem facing modern polytheist artists. For those of us looking to deepen our practice, explore gnosis, and find community, there was nothing. We might turn to our co-religionists, but the idea of art being a religious specialization, complete with its own trials and mysteries can seem incomprehensible to the lay practitioner. We could turn to secular communities of artists, but there the concept of art guided by devotion to gods, adherence to cosmology, or the madness of spirits is often met with silence.
Truly, this is a fortunate problem to have. That our religions have come so far over the decades to even begin asking this question, and that our communities are now able to sustain artists, is no small thing. But it is time to take the next step. We hunger to situate ourselves in right relationship and reciprocity, and we are driven to do sacred work. Numen Arts is intended to help guide us on those paths by providing resources and fellowship.
The primary focus of the website is the directory, a listing of artists who meet a few basic criteria as part of a vetting process. Those listed work in a wide variety of media, and their works fulfil a wide variety of functions for the religious practitioner. Here artists might find others to network with, and art appreciators can find artists to commission or buy from.
Benefits of Membership
Every member-artist has a dedicated page for their listing, where they may talk about their practice and process, as well as show examples of their work, the traditions, gods, and taboos they follow (if any), display contact and/or website information, and whether or not their work is for sale. Unless the artist becomes inactive or unreachable, this listing never expires.
Artists are also asked to provide an image to include in the site’s rotating banner, and may contribute content to the blog, such as notices of gallery shows, workshops, or other features, as well as writing on subjects related to art and polytheism that may be of interest to the community. Our goal is to showcase our artists and their work as much as possible!