WHO IS DIVINEWORDS?
Divinewords (aka Sydney Latimer - Them/They) is a creepy, queer interdisciplinary artist from St. Paul, MN. As a teen, they developed, curated, and implemented arts programming geared toward teen audiences at the Walker Art Center as a member of the Walker Art Center's Teen Arts Council. Divine has worked alongside Twin Cities muralist Marilyn Lindstrom, internationally renowned graffiti artist Barry McGee (Twist), and has completed several solo mural projects.
As a poet and performer, Divine has shared the stage with poetry and hip-hop legends such as The Last Poets, Ursula Rucker, Eyedea & Abilities, and Brother Ali. They have been a featured performer at First Avenue/3rd Street Entry, The History State Theater, Penumbra Theater, and the Nuyorican Poet's Cafe in New York City, NY. Divine has received awards and honors for their work in poetry and visual arts including the 2002 “V.E.R.V.E Grant for Spoken Word Artists” (sponsored by S.A.S.E and the Jerome Foundation), the 2020 "Creative Support for Artists" grant (sponsored by MRAC), and was one of two representatives for the United States at the “Ignite the Americas” International Arts Conference (sponsored by the Canadian Arts Council) in Toronto, Canada. From 2015-2018, they were a contributing writer for the Huffington Post.
For the last six years, Divine has been developing a new genre of art through an on-going experimental art project called "Toxic Tea Party". This innovative project can best be described as the exploration of post-apocalyptic dreamscapes. Toxic Tea Party merges the concepts of life, queerness, sexuality, death, grief, masks, consumerism, and the unsettling creepiness of the uncanny valley. "Toxic Tea Party" boldly merges Afro-Futurism, Afro-Gothic, Pop Art, and Post-Apocalyptic Surrealism to create macabre art that is truly TO DIE FOR.