Juried Art Shows


Mosaic theme: Tarot
Tarot cards are many things: interesting, beautiful pieces of art, inspiring, encouraging, and enlightening. This mosaic challenge was mosaic pieces inspired by Tarot. Please vote for your favorite mosaic at the bottom of the page!

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Congratulations to our winner, and to everyone who participated!!!

First Place, People's Choice

The Empress, by Frances Green

The Empress is the fourth card in the Rider-Waite Tarot deck. She symbolizes passion, love, motherhood, life and abundance. Her passion flows into all she does, like the waterfall in the background. She has a crown with 12 stars, representing the 12 signs of the zodiac, crowning her as the Queen of Heaven. Her shield bears the symbol of women, which is the sign for Venus/Aphrodite, the Goddess of love, beauty and desire.


  The Empress is also seen as the Great Goddess, force of Nature, Mother Earth. The wheat growing around her symbolises fertility, the pomegranates on her long flowing dress stand for life, death and rebirth. She's leaning against rich red cushions and sitting on a red velvet cloak, which symbolizes passion, while her white dress and shield represent purity. Notice the red shoe peeping out from under her dress. This card has a yellow sky, the colour of the sun, a sign for creativity, optimism and intellect. She carries a golden scepter with the golden globe on the world upon it. Round the base of her crown is a wreath of leaves, and behind her is a lush green landscape with trees.
I chose this card because I felt the Empress resonated with my other Goddess mosaics - she's an interpretation of what my Goddesses stand for. My mosaic follows the original artwork of Pamela Colman Smith in the recolored version by Mary Hanson-Roberts from what is known as the "Universal Waite Tarot Deck". Since the mosaic isn't my own design I did not add a signature tile, it is only signed on the back. It was a very novel experience, following someone else's design and trying to render it as closely as possible in mosaic, but I love artwork of this deck, and I enjoyed every minute.
 
I used a lot of broken plates on this one, as well as mosaic glass, beads, mirror and ball chain. All the shading on her long flowing dress is done with mirror, which makes her dress shimmer as you move. The hardest part was trying to get her face right: she has a very peaceful yet powerful expression in the original. The trees are pieced together from some beautiful picture plates, and one personal addition I ventured to the card are four little butterflies in the wheat field.
 
The Empress measures 40 x 60 cm. Grouted in dark gray with some painted grout lines.

Check out our other amazing entries! Wonderful work everyone!

Ace of Pentacles, by Dawn Briskey

Inspired by the Tarot theme, I have created a single pentacle where the mundane and everyday meets the mystery of the universe. Shimmery black Van Gogh glass is outlined with silver ball chain to create the star, with an old washer and handcut Sici's red waterglass tiles surrounding a piece of red fused glass in the center. A rainbow of green blue, purple, red yellow recycled glass tile surrounds the star. Small clear beads have been added over the tiles as an accent. The surrounding circle is made with fresh water pearls and hand cut pieces of gold and cream colored china flanked by a patterned floral theme. Mother of pearl tiles finish the edge of the piece. The mosaic is grouted with a custom terra cotta red.  The mosaic is 10" wide and 1/2"thick.
 The Empress, by Peggy Lindstrom
10” x 10” stained glass, broken china and beads, on wood. My tarot mosaic is The Empress.

The Empress sits on a throne wearing a starry crown, holding a scepter in one hand. The scepter is representative of her power over life, her crown has twelve stars representing her dominance over the year, and her throne is in the midst of a field of grain, representative of her dominion over growing things. The Empress is representative of the productivity of the subconscious, seeded by ideas. She is meant to be the embodiment of the growth of the natural world, fertility, and what one knows or believes from the heart.