In these images I am playing with my take on a theme of H. P. Lovecraft’s mythos:
We live in a vast, alien, & unforgiving universe entirely indifferent to human life.
To understand how small our planet is; how little the universe cares about our morals, ideals, and aspirations would drive us insane.
Fortunately, our minds are too small to comprehend these truths; sparing most of us from madness and despair.
These images are an attempt at giving the viewer a glimpse of the unseeable. Cheers!
These images are for the NecronomiCon Providence Convention. The NecronomiCon is the upcoming H. P. Lovecraft Convention at Providence’s Biltmore and surrounding venues.
Some people treat correspondences in the works of alumni from a particular art school like the signs of an emerging art movement. In Groupthink, curator (and Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) alumna) Lauren Gidwitz takes the opposite stance. The organizing idea behind the show is how these artists, trained in close proximity to one another at PAFA, may have influenced or been influenced by one other. Emerging strands in the show include a trend towards taxonomy and miniaturization of compositions in a way that suggests artists who stand in a peculiar relation to the classical traditions they may or may not have been taught at their beloved but somewhat old-fashioned art school. The show was held at the Pierre S. du Pont Arts Center Gallery of Tower Hill Academy in Wilmington, Delaware, which as of last year, has begun a tradition of annually hosting a PAFA alumni and student show.
This Tarot Card was created in collaboration with Occultist Anthony Teth.
Referred to as “Completion” by Aleister Crowley, the Four of Wands represents the benevolent influences of Venus and Jupiter upon the Third Decan of Aries. In layman’s terms, it represents warmth, stability, and energetic serenity. Sometimes viewed as the “ideal home” in other decks, it can denote a “place” (physical or mental) of personal power, untainted by doubt or regret, charged with vibrant energy.
According to Biddy Tarot, the Four of Wands keywords include:
Upright: Celebration, harmony, marriage, home, community
Reversed: Breakdown in communication, transition
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The Fool is card 0 of the major arcana or trump cards. The Fool represents infinite possibility with only a hint of the limitations implied by incarnation.
According to my collaborator Anthony Teth:
The Tarot draws heavily from Platonic concepts. In this light, the Fool represents pure potentiality — the first emanation from the source of divine union, known as Kether to the Qabalists. The Fool is thus androgynous, curious, and whimsical, enamored with each new experience. It is the card of the inner child or perpetual youth. Its element is Air, highlighting its inherent intellectual nature not yet “tainted” by experience, dogma, or pedagogy.
Other major versions of the Fool Tarot card include the Rider-Waite deck and the Thoth Deck, pictured below.