Organon 9 Worlds, card deck by Rebecca Purcell

Organon 9 Worlds, card deck by Rebecca Purcell


Attracted since childhood to the concept of cartomancy as a tool for creativity, artist Rebecca Purcell has produced a set of cards drawing material from Organon 9 Worlds - a nine-part, esoteric synthesizing and organizing project she has been developing for over three decades.

The Organon 9 Worlds Card Deck is an inspirational tool offering a new approach to creative exploration using aesthetic attraction as entrée into obscure areas of the psyche. Each card’s distinct, aggregate style is viewed as a set of visual markers pointing to a phase in the creative process, represented by an arrangement of hand-painted cut-outs.

The O9W cards can be used in several ways:

-- For setting a tone or focus for the day

-- To activate ideas for a specific creative project

-- For looking into ones creative path

-- To discover and confirm core themes that can serve as a foundation to ones creative life

The 9” x 6” deck includes:

-- Instructions for multiples ways to interact with the cards

-- 9 World Cards with a description of the individual phase printed on the reverse

-- Plus three additional, bonus cards featuring a single Cut-Out

Materials: archival ink on archival paper.

Rebecca Purcell's work exists in the spaces between things, between artist and stylist, writer and note-maker, past and present/present and future.

Regardless of medium, Purcell’s method is to take what is at hand, elevate deficits to attributes, and then find cohesion by altering her perception. She very rarely discards; she reinvents, incorporates… or adds.

Navigating in this liminal state, Purcell has immersed herself in the world of styling, art, design and handcraft for over thirty years. Starting with numerous careers in display and several adventures in design, she spent the years 1995-1999 specifically making and showing art in NYC.

A pioneer in the Past-Present aesthetic, Purcell was visual director and co-creator of the groundbreaking A.B.C. Home from 1990-1997. Followed by styling and art direction for several home design companies, working primarily with the much-cherished Anthropologie catalog beginning in 1999.

Purcell wrote an interiors book in 1996 that was one of the first to feature the Past-Present aesthetic in its current incarnation; Interior Alchemy (William Morrow).

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