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The People's Tarot

This interdisciplinary and participatory project includes original collages, a tarot deck and guidebook, two print editions, and community events and readings. It debuted in fall 2013 as part of "Tapping the Third Realm" at Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, and the Laband Gallery, Loyola Marymount University and will travel to the Hollywood Arts and Culture Center in Florida in November 2014.
This exhibition is part of Miami Basel 2014.

Interaction and intution are the core of this project.
Participants can sign up for one of the readings I give from The People's Tarot.These popular events have taken place at three LA-based art spaces and consist of intimate exchanges in crowded, creative settings.

This artist-led project is designed to put art in viewers' hands, literally, conceptually, and metaphorically. Readers/viewers use their own intuition in viewing the work and interpret the cards. The guidebook, tarot cards, and prints are available for collection directly from the artist at sliding scale rates.

“Annie Buckley’s The People’s Tarot (2013)…is a tarot deck from analog and digital collage elements taken from popular media, including figures made from news article texts and contemporary pictures like the Twin Towers destruction and a Laundromat cart. She also updated the structure of the ancient fortune-telling game, making it more gender-neutral and less physically aggressive, doing things like replacing the suit of swords with pens. The resulting deck and accompanying instruction manual allows users to experiment in their own intuitive reading of the past, present, and future. In this way, Buckley gives room for viewers to go from passive observers to active participants in interpreting their own experience of their own third realms.”
—Tucker Neel, “The Senses and Society”, Volume 9, Issue 3, 2014, Bloomsbury, UK

Press for The People's Tarot:
"Inside the Artist's Studio, Volume III", by Gordy Grundy, The Huffington Post, 2013
"Tapping the Third Realm", review by Betty Brown, Artscene, November 2013
"Tapping the Third Realm", review by Tucker Neel, The Senses and Society, Volume 9, Issue 6, Bloomsbury, UK

I began The People's Tarot as a means of integrating more intuition into what felt like an increasingly analytical practice. I was familiar with the Tarot and have owned four decks over the years. I integrated meditation and research into my collage process to create a new deck with a humanist philosophy.

The Deck and Guidebook:
"The People's Tarot" deck and guidebook is an interactive work that each reader/viewer will complete by reading, using, and interpresting the cards. It
is printed in a limited signed edition of 100.
Please contact me with questions or click here to order.

An important part of this project is the communal/social aspect of reading and interpreting cards.
I gave a short talk and readings at Ben Maltz Gallery on December 8th from noon to 4:00.
Please contact me if you want to set up an event or reading in your gallery, museum, store, etc.

The 22 collages that make up The Major Arcana comprise one work.Each represents one of the 22 archetypes of the Tarot and was made in a process of reading, reflection, meditation, and artmaking.

Print Series:
The Arcana, 8 "X 10", prints of twenty-two collages, each image edition of 30 with 3 artist proofs
The Royals, 11 "X 17", prints of the four royals,each image edition of 30 with 3 artist proofs





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