Brian Cohen


The Fool’s Journey

On Display

March 7, 2007 – April 7, 2007


Auditorium Gallery, level 1

The Fool’s Journey is twenty-three etchings modeled on the major arcana  of the traditional tarot deck. The tarot originated in the Renaissance as a form of cosmography, a visual illustration of a philosophical world-view. Each card presents an archetype of human experience illuminated through a parallel, symbolic element or quality of the physical world. The progression of cards in sequence represents a journey of discovery, awareness, and insight, from the blindness of the Fool (number 0) to the spiritual illumination of the World (number 21). The composition of each etching is based on a varied geometric framework derived from study of the history of art and sacred geometry. I have used the traditional titles of the major arcana, with the exception of those names I found archaic or overly esoteric, for which I found substitutes with a historical precedent, such as the four elements. The titles of the cards comprise the text for the book, hand written by calligrapher Tamara Stoneburner. The etchings are printed on handmade feather deckle paper from Papéterie St. Armand in Montréal, Canada.