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Bea Nettles: Mountain Dream Tarot: A Deck of 78 Photographic Cards

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Mountain Dream Tarot: A Deck of 78 Photographic Cards
[Rochester, NY]: self-published, 1975
Edition of 850
Deck of cards with offset lithographs
George Eastman Museum, Richard and Ronay Menschel Library

The idea for Mountain Dream Tarot came to Nettles in a dream while she was at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina in 1970. Inspired by the symbols found in Arthur Edward Waite’s Pictorial Key to the Tarot, Nettles spent the next five years photographing members of the Penland community and her family and friends. She then assembled the images into photomontages using the symbolism of the tarot. Through darkroom techniques, retouched negatives, and painting on her photographic prints, she created illusions of wands flying through the air and cups hovering in the clouds.