Candida Powell-Williams

Unreasonable Silence

2019

Candida Powell-Williams has created her own 78-card Tarot deck, with a text by Antonia Shaw, published by common-editions in 2019. Unreasonable Silence maps the depiction of archetypes and symbols from classical antiquity to present day whilst drawing influence from the geometric, biomorphic and symbolic language of occult practices. It is customary for decks to include a small book, a manual to guide the reading of the Tarot for divination purposes, and Powell-Williams has re-imagined this format as an artist’s book. Candida Powell-Williams has been exploring the cultural heritage of tarot. A longstanding interest in our attempts to navigate the Absurd led her to consider mysticism within storytelling and its meeting point with the mundane materiality of objects. Powell-Williams research, as part of her residency at London’s Warburg Institute, informed the creation of an hourlong performance at the Serpentine Gallery, London in September 2018, where she re-animated the tarot as a three-dimensional space, exploring the encounter between action, storytelling, symbolism and magical thinking. Based on her research and associated performance work, Candida has created her own 78-card Tarot deck, which common-editions will publish this Spring. Unreasonable Silence maps the depiction of archetypes and symbols from classical antiquity to present day whilst drawing influence from the geometric, biomorphic and symbolic language of occult practices. It is customary for decks to include a small book, a manual to guide the reading of the Tarot for divination purposes, and PowellWilliams has re-imagined this format as an artist’s book. This book, housed alongside the Tarot deck within the box, not only offers interpretive notes for the Tarot, it also tracks the development of the artist’s thinking through text and image, each page a collage of photographed surfaces, drawings and symbols. An introductory text by Antonia Shaw contextualises the work within an artistic discourse. This project is supported by Arts Council England and The Warburg Institute.

78 Tarot cards, artist’s book

box 8.9 cm x 12.7 cm x 5 cm

About artist

Candida Powell-Williams (b. 1984, London) lives and works in London. She creates installations which play with the relationship between sculpture, live performance and animation. Her research–based and process led sculptural practice is guided by questions about human attempts to understand ourselves within the chaotic universe through the connection between the materiality of objects, action and belief with a particular interest in notions of spiritualism and power, encryption and symbolism.

£35.00

Candida Powell-Williams has created her own 78-card Tarot deck, with a text by Antonia Shaw, published by common-editions in 2019. Unreasonable Silence maps the depiction of archetypes and symbols from classical antiquity to present day whilst drawing influence from the geometric, biomorphic and symbolic language of occult practices. It is customary for decks to include a small book, a manual to guide the reading of the Tarot for divination purposes, and Powell-Williams has re-imagined this format as an artist’s book.

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