(Art) The Zombie Tarot

I can’t speak to how well this functions as a deck for divination, but the art is inspired commentary on contemporary culture through the skewering of our myths. The use of collage in particular is potent. (I’ve written before on collage, why has made a comeback recently, and why the medium is especially suited to statements about cultural excess.)

For example, casting television as The Hierophant plays on its role as primary disseminator of information, particularly in a crisis, a role that often morphs into arbiter of truth.

The cultural phenomenon of the zombie apocalypse has always been a subconscious statement about our fears that we are consuming ourselves, that we will, through the detritus of consumer culture, be the authors of the end of our own vitality, that technology is turning us into zombies — not alive, but not dead.

The deck’s creators have magnified that artfully by choosing the mid-century period, when we were moth blithely unaware of the monsters stirring beneath us. Hence The Fool, a 1950s business man walking blissfully through an erupting graveyard, wreath in hand. Or cigarettes as The Devil.

And all of this in a tarot deck, which as a means of divination stands in direct contrast to the technological utopia falling apart around us.