Candlemass Coming Through | Giving Warmth Excerpt

By Stephen Mead


Stephen Mead is a published artist, writer, and maker of short-collage films and sound-collage downloads. His latest print on demand Amazon release is an art-text hybrid, According to the Order of Nature (We too are Cosmos Made), a work which takes to task the words that have been used against LGBT folks from time immemorial. In 2014, he began a webpage to gather links of his poetry being published in such zines as Great Works, Unlikely Stories, and Quill & Parchment all in one place: Poetry on the Line, Stephen Mead.

Words from the artist: Pagan vs. Christian: Over the years, how I decorated during the holidays instinctively became more about celebrating the northeastern wonder of winter nature. This did not preclude letting go of some other more traditional symbols of hope/faith: the star, angels; only incorporating them into the older traditions of Solstice, of Yule. Via photography, digital enhancements, montages and mixed media, I found different ways of exploring various seasonal tableaus I set up as homage to both the organic and the spirit world, often selecting an image to become a card/gift for that particular year.