Les voici, après 3 mois et demi de travail, les 22 lames de mon 2ème jeu d'Arcanes Majeurs, plus le design pour le verso. Quelle expérience laborieuse mais enrichissante! J'ai l'impression que je viens de tailler une énorme parcelle de vigne, dont chaque lame est un long rangé.
Et en suite ? ... a-ha! - "and now for something completely different ..."
XVIIII • LE SOLEIL / Indian ink & gouache on fine 320g watercolor paper / / 15 x 30 cm / / 7-10th August 2014 /
It is said that one should never interrogate the Tarot on its own nature, at risk of going mad. Too late, the project’s underway, and I realise that the goal is neither to produce an original work, nor to pay hommage to an artistic tradition, but the interrogation itself of the Arcana, one by one, as though they were looking into the infinite mirror of themselves. This narrative…
I • LE•BATELEUR Pen, ink & gouache on watercolor paper 15 x 30 cm 30 July 2014
90% tinker, 10% reaver and far from being simple, Le Bateleur has translated into English as The Magician. The original word Bateleur is medieval French, signifying a person who shows off his manual and verbal dexterity in market-places, a specialist in subtle and supple movements. Kind of like a modern day street-performer. Maybe this is how Bateleur became Magician, performing optical illusions and manual wizardry.
The Star. L’Estrella. L’Etoile. LETOILLE. LESTOILLE.
Observations Etymologiques : ESTOILLE - occitano-provençal - étoile de mer mais aussi la pupille de l’oeil. Notons que si nous lisons les deux “L” comme “U” - “le toule” signifiera “lasource” en occitan ancien. Coïncidence ?
L'espoir est le maître mot qui symbolise cette carte. Comme l'étoile du berger, elle guide vers un avenir meilleur. C'est une carte constructive si elle est bien vécue, mais attention aux illusions… Cette carte seule ne peut se révéler,…
X • L'A•ROVE•DE•FORTVNE pen, ink & gouache on watercolor paper 30 x 15 cm 19 July 2014
Big wheel keep on turning ... My collaboratrice selected the card (at "random") from the remaining Arcana, immediately after I'd finished with Justice. Interesting, from many angles. This was completed more or less in one day-long session. Aesthetically speaking, it is one of the weirdest cards. The three characters might well have escaped from Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights, along with the mechanism of the wheel…Read more
VIII . LA JUSTICE 30x15cm pen, ink & gouache on watercolor paper
The card was picked on 15th July, finished on the 18th in the early hours of the morning.
It's one of those cards I've always been slightly worried by, even bothered by - the character seems at first glance quite cold and characterless. This is part of its perfection - its imperfection. At first one perceives symmetry, equilibrium ... but looking closer, everything is slightly off-set. In the Tarot, perfect symmetry would be a profanity. The…Read more
VI . LAMOUREUX 15 x 30 cm. ink & gouache on watercolor paper, 14th July 2014 I picked the card on the 12th July. I remember painting my first "The Lovers" under the preconception that it should look like some kind of Valentine's Day card. That's like the preconceptions we might have about "The Devil" or "Death" in particular - but it seems things are less straightforward than that. As Jodorowsky points out, there are many "anomalies" in the Tarot de Marseille.
The card is in truth entitled "LAMOUREUX"…Read more
Pick a Card... Project begins 8th July 2014. 12 weeks to reproduce the 22 Major Arcana of the Tarot de Marseille, no frills, no Chagallesque frolics. So that's 2 cards per week. Is it feasible? In contrast to my first "Tarot del Boig"(which took five years' intermittent work), this new set of Major Arcana will be structurally faithful to the ancient "Tarot de Marseille" (as reference I am using Camoin & Jodorowsky's edition). The details are so precise that I am learning more about the structural symbolism…