Love on the cards

The Princess. The Pagan.

A new exhibition by Lismore artist Jon Liddell paying homage to the tarot and its pivotal role in his life journey is now on show at Armisteads Gallery in Lismore.

Entitled Gloriana, the exhibition features a series of court cards that represent the different facets of love Jon has experienced rapture, jealousy, trust, fear, loss and the moments in life that either strengthen love or destroy it.

Together with costume designer Colby Radcliffe, Jon created a mix of traditional and Elizabethan burlesque costumes for his models. He drew inspiration from religious art and royal portraiture from the 14th and 16th centuries, as well as from ancient and modern tarot decks.

When I started this process I had definite symbols in mind for some of the cards, whilst others grew intuitively in the crafting, Jon said. Very early on, the cards started acting like tarot cards, suggesting meaning and resonances in my own and other peoples lives. With Gloriana, I tip my hat to the tarot and pay tribute to the women who have meant so much to me over the years. To both them and the tarot I give my deepest thanks. And, as always, when I tangle with the cards they leave me wiser.

Gloriana is on show at Armisteads Gallery until April 26.

Youll find the gallery at 43b Wyrallah Road, East Lismore.


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