Festive Tarot Spread (☞ ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)☞ with a Tarot Reading \(◎o◎)/

Working your way up the tree (each row from left to right). We have… 2019: and the card to summarise this year past. What: did this year bring. How: did you bring it. Why: did you bring it. Weaknesses: to be aware of moving forward. Strengths: to arm yourself with. 2020: and what you’re walking into next year…

The Ouroboros, or the snake eating it’s own tail, symbolises the cycle of life and death. A unity and wholeness in the joining of opposites. This drawing was one of the first drawings to segue from Australian Gothic wildlife into the occult and witchcraft.

Spiders symbolise great wisdom, mystery and creativity of the cosmos. Patient architects threading their webs. Like the greco-roman Moirae (The Fates): Clotho (Spinner), Lachess (Alotter) and Atropos (Inflexible/Inevitable) weaving their threads of life – patient, industrious and deadly powerful.

Australian Gothic is a series of dark drawings, drawn from the Australian backyard wildlife. A nocturnal Australian landscape of graphite on black paper. Where ravens screech, bats flap and spiders spin their spirographs. Why are we afraid of the dark? When it’s the sun that burns…

This series draws inspiration from the Tarot – literally and metaphorically. The Tarot system is structured around archetypes, symbols and numerology …I use the Tarot not to predict the future, but rather turn inward and tap into those universal truths and themes behind the Tarot.

Art in a sense copies from life. There is a false sense of truth in a photograph. Pushing my process of drawing from photos, Copier starts with the mugshot… Hiding the earlier drawings, as this copy-cat method progresses. Each drawing relies on the previous drawing and my fading memory…