Catya Plate: Clothespin Tarot

This project comprises a series of original drawings and an artist book as well as an animated film. Since 2003 Plate has been working on a series of 78 watercolor and pencil drawings inspired by the 78 cards of the traditional tarot. Clothespins have always played a key role in Plate’s work and in this exhibition they become Clothespin Freaks; figures who, made of clear plastic clothespins, dolls body parts and sewn pieces, are the real heroes in this subversive Tarot adventure. The installation features a new animated film, The Reading, which is a culminating artist project to this body of work.

Support for the Center for Book Arts’ visual arts programming is provided, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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