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False Prophets


Would You believe?

If you were to ask someone to give a list of five prophets/religious leaders it would most likely all be men. This is often the case. HOWEVER there have been many women throughout history, and currently today, that through their charisma and personality have developed followings, been prophets, leaders of cults.  And with that power, they have in some way used it for negative and selfish ends. To influence manipulate, deceive, take advantage of, abuse, torture, and in some cases even murder. 

So far, I have discovered 58 women that fit my description, of being a false prophet.

False Prophets: Text
False Prophets: Portfolio

Symbols Of Belief (S.O.B)

Official symbols, designs, emblems, and even a few patches for the religious groups of my 'false prophets'.

False Prophets: Text
False Prophets: Selected Work

The Object and Evidence

During my Summer Artist Residency at Wassaic Project in 2023 I started to explore the medium of printing. I was inspired to do this because I wanted way to capture primary documents such as film, photography, and in particular the victims of cults.
At that residency I also explored the medium of wood working and ceramics. In these mediums I explored the ideas we have about objects of devotion, the items that are used to show our penance, to prove to a 'god' our sincerity of being better. Some of these objects, such as a paddle, have been used to in act parts of religious texts, (spare the rod spoil the child). Yet these objects instead create trauma, guilt, and emotional scars.

False Prophets: Text
False Prophets: Portfolio

adjective, fals·er, fals·est.

  • not true or correct; erroneous

  • uttering or declaring what is untrue

  • not faithful or loyal; treacherous

  • tending to deceive or mislead; deceptive

  • based on mistaken, erroneous, or inconsistent impressions, ideas, or facts

  • used as a substitute or supplement, especially temporarily

  • Biology. having a superficial resemblance to something that properly bears the name

  • not properly, accurately, or honestly made, done, or adjusted

  • inaccurate in pitch, as a musical note.


  • a person who speaks for God or a deity, or by divine inspiration.

  • (in the Old Testament) a person chosen to speak for God and to guide the people of Israel: 1)Moses was the greatest of Old Testament prophets. 2) (often initial capital letter) one of the Major or Minor Prophets. 3) one of a band of ecstatic visionaries claiming divine inspiration and, according to popular belief, possessing magical powers. 4) a person who practices divination.

  • one of a class of persons in the early church, next in order after the apostles, recognized as inspired to utter special revelations and predictions. 1 Corinthians 12:28.

  • the Prophet,  Muhammad, the founder of Islam.

  • a person regarded as, or claiming to be, an inspired teacher or leader.

  • a person who foretells or predicts what is to come

  • a spokesperson of some doctrine, cause, or movement.


  • a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.

  • a specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by a number of persons or sects

  • the body of persons adhering to a particular set of beliefs and practices

  • the life or state of a monk, nun, etc.

  • the practice of religious beliefs; ritual observance of faith.

  • something one believes in and follows devotedly; a point or matter of ethics or conscience

  • religions, Archaic. religious rites

  • Archaic. strict faithfulness; devotion:


  • a particular system of religious worship, especially with reference to its rites and ceremonies.

  • an instance of great veneration of a person, ideal, or thing, especially as manifested by a body of admirers: the physical fitness cult.

  • the object of such devotion.

  • a group or sect bound together by veneration of the same thing, person, ideal, etc.

  • Sociology. a group having a sacred ideology and a set of rites centering around their sacred symbols.

  • a religion or sect considered to be false, unorthodox, or extremist, with members often living outside of conventional society under the direction of a charismatic leader.

  • the members of such a religion or sect.

  • any system for treating human sickness that originated by a person usually claiming to have sole insight into the nature of disease, and that employs methods regarded as unorthodox or unscientific.

False Prophets: List
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