Event Title

Luck of the Draw

Location

Alumni Hall North

Department

Art

Abstract

As a queer artist with a background in digital art, my experiences with using a digital medium, taking inspiration from my personal interests, and putting it into the world has helped me find ways to connect with others and explore my own identity. I use my work to reflect upon myself and share it with others. One of my previous projects was a series of digital infrared photos manipulated in Adobe Photoshop with different filters to explore the space between the digital and the natural, while also forming a connection with both spaces. Another project was a revisitation with my childhood art, recreating digital paintings of cats with patchwork patterns and incorporating sewn fabric into the pieces. Many of my works revolve around the need for connection with both myself and my environment using a digital medium. My current project is Luck of the Draw, a digital painting exhibition that explores core thematic elements within the occult practices of tarot card readings. These paintings focus specifically on four cards within the Major Arcana, which are used to represent life lessons, karmic influences, and archetypal themes to help with self-reflection and spiritual guidance. These card themes are The Fool, The Moon, Death, and Temperance, both in their upright and reversed positions. The themes that these works portray are a monochromatic abstract expressionist interpretation of the cards they represent. My inspiration for using themes of the Major Arcana as my muse stems from how they are used as storytelling tools, how their meanings can be interpreted in multiple different ways depending on the person, and how they translate to an artistic audience’s viewpoint.

Faculty Sponsor

Kim Ambriz, Northeastern Illinois University

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May 6th, 9:00 AM

Luck of the Draw

Alumni Hall North

As a queer artist with a background in digital art, my experiences with using a digital medium, taking inspiration from my personal interests, and putting it into the world has helped me find ways to connect with others and explore my own identity. I use my work to reflect upon myself and share it with others. One of my previous projects was a series of digital infrared photos manipulated in Adobe Photoshop with different filters to explore the space between the digital and the natural, while also forming a connection with both spaces. Another project was a revisitation with my childhood art, recreating digital paintings of cats with patchwork patterns and incorporating sewn fabric into the pieces. Many of my works revolve around the need for connection with both myself and my environment using a digital medium. My current project is Luck of the Draw, a digital painting exhibition that explores core thematic elements within the occult practices of tarot card readings. These paintings focus specifically on four cards within the Major Arcana, which are used to represent life lessons, karmic influences, and archetypal themes to help with self-reflection and spiritual guidance. These card themes are The Fool, The Moon, Death, and Temperance, both in their upright and reversed positions. The themes that these works portray are a monochromatic abstract expressionist interpretation of the cards they represent. My inspiration for using themes of the Major Arcana as my muse stems from how they are used as storytelling tools, how their meanings can be interpreted in multiple different ways depending on the person, and how they translate to an artistic audience’s viewpoint.