Adrienne Elise Tarver
(b. 1985, USA; lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia, and Brooklyn, New York)
Manifesting Paradise: High Priestess, 2020. Ink, oil pastel and colored pencil. Courtesy of the artist
During this difficult year, I’ve reflected on my desire to know there is progress and beauty in the future. This woman is based on the High Priestess tarot card—generally about reflection, intuition and things yet to be revealed. Beyond asking to just matter, the High Priestess knows of greater potential, ventures into unknown futures to discern the symbols and omens among us and decipher the messages that we need to hear in the present.
Adrienne Elise Tarver is a participant in Art on the Grid, a citywide, open-air exhibition presented by Public Art Fund. Conceived in the spring of 2020, the exhibition features 50 artists’ reflections on the converging crises of the coronavirus pandemic and systemic racism in our country.