Angela Rogers is a self-taught artist, singer, poet and performer. The style of her figurative paintings is strongly influenced by her “Southern Gothic” childhood and her lifelong interest in the occult. (She has been a professional tarot reader for more than 25 years.) Angela incorporates a range of mystical symbolism in her work, which includes assemblages – dubbed “poppets” – intricately wrapped in multi-hued yarn. References to addiction and institutionalization often appear in her pieces, as does the influence of a near-death experience after surgery for brain trauma in 2012. She has exhibited at the Outsider Art Fair and at venues including Van Der Plas Gallery, Laundry Lung Collective, Art on A Gallery, The Gallery at HAI, and Gallery Belage in Westhampton, and her work was seen in the films What Maisie Knew and Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects. Angela recently published a feminist comic book titled No One Likes a Woman.
POPPETS (An Appreciation):
The poppets are talismans, good-luck charms. Intricate pieces – sticks and branches, or broomsticks, or shoes, or shoetrees, or shells, or this or that bric-a-brac – wrapped in rainbow webs of yarn and bound with felt or plastic wrap or colorful tape or whatever else strikes Angela’s magical fancy, and adorned with totemic objects like a ruby slipper, or duck’s bill, or silver wolf door-knocker, or crystal doorknob or Dracula Pez-head. Sometimes they have antique coins epoxied to them, cat's-eye marbles, or Saint Christopher medals, or a bear claw, or shark’s tooth, or the tooth of a child, like that of her faerie-godchild “D.” Sometimes they drip with fringe, sometimes they glow in the dark. But they are not just magical objects; they are alive. Poppets are characters in a dream – her dream, your dream, mine. Akin to a puppet, but older and darker in spirit than a puppet, less well-formed than a puppet, more wild than a puppet, poppets she calls them. For Angela, “wrapping” poppets is a form of divination, like the reading of tarot cards for which she is so renowned, but also a method of casting spells, and a meditation.
–Excerpt from the essay “Lost Poppet” by Michael Laurence