If the fool would persist in his folly he would become wise.
William Blake 1757 - 1827
WHY the TAROT?
I have loved and worked with the tarot for many years since I first found refuge and retreat in my local library. Most evenings between school and home I would pour over books of all sorts, including the tarot, fascinated by the pictures and wondering what all the many parts meant within the images.
My main attraction to the cards has always been the very nature of the pack, it's sculptural look, the tactile quality, human touch, the slip and slide of the surface, the very number of them, and of course the colours and imagery itself.
The archetypal presences also draw me in as I am interested in Jungian psychology and his understanding of the meanings of images as a collective font of subconscious knowledge and arcane teachings.
The strength that these images continue to hold and their increasing use in products, media and personal use gathers momentum every year as we all look for signs and signifiers to help navigate through an increasingly complicated and often alienating world.
When Covid arrived, along with so many others, my sales of work almost ceased entirely and also, like many I found myself adapting to a 'new normal', whatever that means! I found I had more time but less space. Starting on a tarot card project seemed perfect.
My initial idea was for the work to be my homage to Artist Pamela Coleman Smith who's creative skill and interpretation of Arthur Waite's ideas, made the RWS pack what it has become today.....the most popular tarot pack in the world.
My purpose was to amplify, finesse and compliment them by including greater detail, depth and precision. So I started to recreate the RWS images but enhanced and with more solid drawing. These are the initial drawings that I will be uploading here.
The STARTING PLACE
I made 12 artworks over the loooooong lockdowns and whilst making them I had a lot of time to think.....
....and I changed my mind, deciding that it was not enough for me as an artist to improve on another artists designs but to start from the beginning and make my own pack following my own creativity, explorations and in that process gain a greater knowledge of the tarot, it's past, present and continuing future.
I felt that something more is needed, something that reflects and represents the more complicated nature of our reality today and presents the cards in a contemporary context. Still holding the time honoured archetypes close, but portraying them in a more relevant, beguiling and compelling way?
Where I'm at now
I have also just completed two tarot cards that are from my imagination, (IX SWORDS) and inspired by existing images (III SWORDS) These images will be uploaed soon.
I am now intending to start from the very beginning, (The Fool of course!) and in order to help this happen I have decided to sell the initial RWS drawings and offer them as prints too. I am hoping that if I can generate sales in this way, little but often, it will help me to find time and fund the project to it's conclusion.
If you join me on this journey we can complete the pack together?
Over time I hope people will buy them as they appear, either as original drawings or in limited edition prints at the actual size of the card....making your pack, one card at a time.
I also intend to start using a blog and social media to document and talk about the making of The Art of Tarot. If you would like to follow me on this journey and to know when an update or new image is available, please follow me or suscribe on the my contact page.
You can purchase the works as drawings or prints at www.Saatchiart.com, search for Sand Laurenson or my gallery on SaatchiArt below.