The Bone Tarot in Reno, Nevada

June 28th, 2011 § 2 comments

the bone tarot postcard - photo by Nightkind Productions


A lot of people shy away from the Death card in Tarot, using different labels, or not naming the card at all.

Artist and poet Ricardo Olvera has taken a completely different perspective, and has used death as a main feature throughout his deck.

He’s created The Bone Tarot, an art exhibit made up of twenty-two pieces, each work an assemblage of animal bones and found objects, and based on one of the Major Arcana.

Olvera sees the show as a ‘symbolic mandala’, each piece important on its own, but even more meaningful as part of a grander whole.

He uses the bones to highlight the tension between life and death, and to show that one cannot be without the other.

Olvera’s sculptural deck is not meant for divination, though he says it can be used that way too. He sees it more as an homage, his interest being strictly aesthetic.

But as with divination, appreciating visual art involves looking and interpreting. As one explores a piece, or a card, the process of interpretation itself invokes insight.

The show opens tomorrow and runs through July 30th at Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery in Reno, Nevada at the University of Nevada.

Olvera will give a lecture about his work at the opening reception, Wednesday, July 13th.

If you’re in the area, take a look.

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  • Thank you Georgianna for featuring this new group of work that is screaming DECK! I love Ricardo’s take on death as a main feature utilizing bones and other found objects to highlight the tension between life and death, both working together. The life-death interplay really resonates with my Death as the Master Gardener take on the subject, and I am looking forward to contacting him for further.

    I full-on dig that you stepped up Ricardo’s work to feature as, like Egyptian Magic not playing all nice nice with the gods, I feel there is a great deal to be mined from strengthy clarity. I can get my sugar at the bakery. Glad I got a dose of the Bone Tarot here. Also, so “Death Valley near” appropriate for the Bone Tarot to open in Nevada.

    Thanks for your blog. I have truly been enjoying your posts!


    • Georgie says:

      Thank you Jordan! I’m really glad you liked the post. The Bone Tarot looks fabulous. I wish I could see it in person. And you’re right, nothing sugary there. 🙂

      Have a great day!

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