Rakel Erna Skarpheðinsdóttir is a recent BA graduate in visual communication from the Iceland Academy of the Arts. Her final project is Ur Tarot, 22 cards that are traditionally considered the heart of the Tarot deck.

 

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Each trump has its own name, number and symbology. The images are said to facilitate different reactions within the sub-conscious mind and by studying them, one may gain insight into the inner workings of the human condition, whether for psychological or spiritual reasons.

Ur Tarot is based on the hypothesis of an existing connection between two particular systems of esoteric tradition. On the one hand the kabalistic mapping of the spiritual cosmology of man, represented by the symbolic Tree of Life, and on the other hand the Nordic esoteric rune system known as UTHARK.

The meeting points of these two systems are given emphasis within the symbolic imagery of the cards to produce an active connection between the two systems.

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The artistic execution of the images is rather different from the traditional style of Tarot imagery. Skarpheðinsdóttir focused on the symbolic utilization of projected lines and geometric forms, giving the cards new depth, while still retaining their fundamental archetypal imagery and traditional meaning.

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This is our third annual round-up of the final project by graduates from the Iceland Academy of the Arts, showcasing the brand new Icelandic design talent. For all previous posts in The Graduates category, see here.

 

Images Courtesy of the Designer