The Bone Tarot proposes a new expression of an ancient system and explores each archetype of the Major Arcana of the Tarot through found objects and assemblage referencing life and death. Each piece has individual meaning and together they complete a conceptual puzzle.
The Tarot contains most, if not all, of the traditional human archetypes, as such it acts as a bridge that connects consciousness and unconsciousness. It also can be seen as a means to achieve a better understanding of the self and of the journey of the individual through life. Life and death walk hand in hand together. The tension between the two reinforces the duality of existence.
Bones act as mirrors that reveal to us, with their silent language, the journey into our own depths.
Ricardo Olvera is an interdisciplinary artist and writer from Mexico City. His body of work, "The Bone Tarot", a series of twenty-two assemblage pieces, was exhibited in 2011 at the Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery in Reno, Nevada. In addition, a book of The Bone Tarot was published in 2012. In 2010 his collaborative assemblage work "Making Our Bones", was exhibited in the Bennington Arts Guild in Bennington, Vermont. In 2009 he published "Beast & Babalon, Love songs from hell a pictorial journey" a selection of digital works and poetry translated to English language and "To Mega Therion, the dark art of Ricardo Olvera" selected digital photo-manipulation works from 2008 - 2009. His poetry has been featured in several anthologies, among them "Palabras sin Piel" 2007 and "Inombrable Fantasía" 2008 from Editorial Shamra. His early writings in Spanish from 2006 to 2008 can be found online on his website. He currently resides in Reno, Nevada with his wife Andrea Juillerat - Olvera