Boadicea’s Tarot of Earthly Delights is first and foremost a transformative artwork. The elements have been significantly altered to become integrated parts of the greater whole. The collages were created to be both complex and multi-faceted. On one hand it is a fully illustrated 78 card Tarot deck. On the other hand, it functions as a sublime satire of a Beaux-Arts era paintings collection. In both instances the 78-card deck and the painting collection only function as complete artworks when experienced as a full series.
Boadicea’s Tarot of Earthly Delights features illustrations that are my original versions of traditional Tarot card imagery. Some elements reflect classic Tarot iconography and some are unique to my personal interpretation of the cards. The illustrations are carefully assembled puzzles composited from fine art, natural history, vintage advertising, anatomical drawings, historical or personal photos, and various other public domain sources. I digitally blend these elements together in Adobe Photoshop.
Primarily I appreciate Tarot cards for the creative and artistic presentation of rich and complex symbolism. Some cards represent big ideas such as major life events or stages of one’s inner journey. Others may correspond to personalities or situations we may regularly encounter. Reading cards or having them read for you is a fascinating way to gain a deeper appreciation of life’s vicissitudes.
In addition to the original image sources, some of my other aesthetic influences include the artwork of Rene Magritte, Maxfield Parrrish, Beatrix Potter, Monty Python, Edward Gorey, and J.J. Grandville; and the contents of ever so many weird and wonderful museum collections.
I hope that as you ponder individual cards you will say to yourself, "Now what on Earth is going on here?" There is a story in every one, and each story is personal and unique to each reader