August 7th, 2018 - Present

For “Smoke and Mirrors” I am photographing 78 sets of astrologers, psychics, tarot readers, and other forms of mystics from all around the world. Each subject represents a unique tarot card as I am creating a body of work focused on the existence of clairvoyance and mysticism through an immersive portrait survey and tarot readings. Psychics and mystics provide a lens on the existence of magic and transcending temporality. In the proverb of storytelling, psychics, astrologers, et al. have an assigned position as the all-knowing gypsy with profound visions, within all concurrent and historical cultures—a charged spirit of the ethereal that encompasses destiny, luck, and faith. Mysticism has a deep root in shared folklore, its’ visuals conjure metaphysical manifestations across the astrological, mythological, academic and the popular denouement, stringing together tangents of one’s everyday reality with cosmic synchronicity. By using three formats of film Polaroid, 35mm, and 4x5, I will be converting the photographs into colorful silk screen paintings. The technical focus is the combination of the elements of the real (photographic) with the surreal (painting), and by reproducing the portraits through these printing processes, I can facilitate a broad and reflexive mixed-media dialogue that discerns these characters, their powers, and the significance of their presence in this natural world, so that together, we may raise the vibration of consciousness.

  1. Queen of Swords

Angel Eyedealism - Astrologer - Green Tourmaline

2. Temperance

Peter Hornung - Energy Healer - Garnet

3. The Emperor

Nancy Arann - Past-life Regression Therapist - Ruby

4. The Hierophant

Amanda Salane - Astrologer & Tarot Reader - Herkimer Diamond

5. The Tower

Alexandra Janelli - Hypnotist - Titanium Quartz

6. Three of Cups

Emerald, Christian Viera, and Lauren Robertson - Crystal healers - Watermelon Tourmaline

7. The Hermit

Kevin Pelrine - Tarot Reader - Peridot

8. Two of Swords

Cass Greener and Sean Dunne - Filmmakers & Psychonauts - Rutliated Quartz

9. The Empress

Nicole Buffett - Artist & Healer - Emerald

10. Judgement

Myra Mossman - Tarot Reader - Fire Opal

11. Four of Cups

Tara Zamani - Psychic - Cobaltoan Calcite

12. Two of Cups

Michael Wamback and Krista Schwimmer - Tarot Readers - Rhodochrosite

13. Six of Coins

Te' Devan Kurzweil - Nomad - Phantom Quartz

14. Knight of Swords

Matthew McGlynn - Art Dealer - Sapphire

15. The Chariot

Dainichi Lazuli - Kabbalist - Obsideon

16. The Lovers

Allyson and Alex Grey - Visionary Artists - Rose Quartz

17. The Devil

Ashley East - Sexual Healer - Smokey Quartz

18. Four of Swords

Ash Dargan - Sound Healer - Chariote

19. Three of Coins

Tyler Main - Mushroom Shaman - Melanite

20. Six of Staffs

Daniel Pinchbeck - Writer - Beryl

21. Justice

Andray Napolez - Activator - Jade

22. Page of Cups

Julia Sinelnikova - Oracle - Actinolite

23. Seven of Coins

Edward Zipco & Caratoes (‘‘Superchief Gallery’’) - Art Gallerist & Artist - Tanzanite

24. The Moon

Shakirah Tabourn - Astrologer - Selenite

25. Death

Gabrielle and Alfonso Aversano - Mother & Father - Crocoite

26. Knight of Coins

Solomon Henry - Mystic - Blue Topaz

27. Nine of Coins

Doris Ritter - New Age Astrologer - Okenite

28. Ace of Cups

David Sobel - Bodhisattva - Abolone Shell

29. Four of Staffs

Tracy Ray and Andrew Spence - Fairy Queen & Sound Healer - Spirit Quartz

30. Seven of Staffs

31. Strength

32. The World

33. Eight of Coins

34. Three of Staffs

35. Eight of Staffs

36. The Hanged Man

37. Nine of Cups

38. Ace of Swords

39. The Star

40. Seven of Swords

41. King of Coins

42. The Fool

43. Ace of Staffs

44. Queen of Staffs

45. Page of Coins

46. Wheel of Fortune

47. Ten of Swords

48. Page of Staffs

49. Five of Cups

50. Six of Swords