The Tarot in Art and Fashion

Archetypal and symbolically charged, the tarot has had a rich history since the creation of the first Tarocchini card games in the 15th century Italy. The tarot is a pictorial chameleon and shapeshifter, constantly manifesting in new iterations of visual and artistic culture.

This illustrated zoom talk will cover a brief survey of the history of the tarot and its influence in art and fashion. It will explore the impact of the tarot in the works of several Surrealist artists. Although a number of painters made separate tarot decks of their own, this talk will offer an exploration of where the imagery of the arcana has played an influential role in the creation of specific paintings and sculptures. The talk will look at a tarot influence in the work of artists such as Leonora Carrington, Remedios Varo, Bridget Tichenor, Enrique Chavarria, Salvador Dali, Nikki de Saint Phalle to name a few. It will also look at it’s role in more recent contemporary conjurings of the milieu- from fashion, photography, music to perfume. Finally, Hazel will introduce a few images from her own interdisciplinary tarot based project.


Hazel Florez is an artist and researcher based in London. She has exhibited in solo and groups shows both in London and internationally. She has an MFA from Edinburgh and taught at Queen Mary University before becoming an artist. She has participated and given talks at a range of venues and events including the Jung Club, the Magical Women’s Conference and Occulture Conference. She is due to participate in a residency program at Swedenborg House in the Spring. She was shortlisted for the London College of Psychic Studies annual art competition 2022. For more information see

Image: ‘Luna Mercury Weeps’ (mixed media, self portrait as the moon card), Hazel Florez, 2022

Curated & Hosted by:

Amy Hale is an Atlanta based writer, curator and critic, ethnographer and folklorist speaking and writing about esoteric history, art, culture, women and Cornwall. She is the author of Ithell Colquhoun: Genius of the Fern Loved Gully (Strange Attractor 2020) and is currently working on several Colquhoun related manuscripts. She is also the editor of Essays on Women in Western Esotericism: Beyond Seeresses and Sea Priestesses (Palgrave 2022). She has contributed gallery texts and essays for a number of institutions including Tate, Camden Arts Centre, Art UK, Arusha Galleries, Heavenly Records and she is a curator and host for the Last Tuesday Society lecture series.

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16th Jan 2024 8:00 pm - 09:30 pm

£6 - £10 & By Donation

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