Four Square - from the Tarot Series by Fred Martin

Four Square - from the Tarot Series by Fred Martin

Four Square - from the Tarot Series

Fred Martin

Title

Four Square - from the Tarot Series

 
Artist

Fred Martin

  1927 - PRESENT (biography)
Year
1980  
Technique
linocut with ink, watercolor, and collage 
Image Size
12 5/16 x 8" image size 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
not stated 
Annotations
pencil dated 
Reference
 
Paper
antique-white Arches France wove 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
21365 
Price
$225.00 
Description

Fred Martin was inspired to create the Tarot while teaching at Cal State San Jose, in the late 1970s. "A student had brought some Tarot things she had made using oil pastel on paper, with the information and imagersy coming from Douglas' book on the Tarot. ...I was thinking my work had become the prodcut of a stale subjectivity, and here was the opening into an abjective archetypal system, one I could explore as a way beyond the limitations of my ego and the tedium of its life." - Fred Martin (from FredMartin.net)

To create the series, Martin first made slides of the Major Arcana of the Tarot, the major arcana being the suit of 22 permanent trumps within the deck of 78 Tarot cards. He then projected and traced the imagery, improvising where the slides were overexposed. After producing the 22 drawings, Martin translated each of these images into linoleum blocks and eventually collaged the printed works onto sheets of heavy wove paper, drawn individually with imagery inspired by the Tarot exploration in watercolor and ink.