Portland, OR: Anne Greenwood Rioseco, 2020.
First edition. 44 cards (4 x 5.25 inches), printed on Titan glossy 130# cover stock with gloss aqueous coating, and a 24-page letterpress pamphlet, together housed in a printed card box and further enclosed, along with a 20 x 20 inch indigo-dyed altar cloth, in a finished bag with stitched title, constituting the trade edition of 100 copies. (A deluxe edition is also available, consisting of 12 copies with the card images printed on organic cotton sateen fabric whipstitched with indigo-dyed thread; see our listing for that edition on this site, or inquire directly.). Item #4581
Lunar Maria is an artist’s book in the form of an oracle deck: 44 oval cards, reproducing one-of-a-kind hand- and machine-stitched and dyed wool images, each of which corresponds to a named feature on the surface of the moon. The accompanying 24-page text booklet contains a short poetic or runic text for each card, as well as instructions for several methods of reading the cards.
In the words of the artist:
“The Lunar Maria are large dark basaltic plains on the Earth’s Moon formed by ancient volcanic eruptions. These plains Oceanus (Oceans), Mare (Seas), Lacus (Lakes), Palus (Marshes), and Sinus (Bays) were named by Giovanni Battista Riccioli in 1651 after states of mind and conditions of water. This project was conceived in the midst of studying magical tools and practices with Colette Gardiner in her Blue Iris Mystery School in Portland, Oregon, working as an artist-in-residence at the Icelandic Textiles Center in Blönduós, Iceland, and learning from Carmen Spagnola’s Numinous School of Intuition Development.”.