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“Have you noticed that what you are looking for is already right in front of you?” 2022, Gouache, watercolor, ink, and colored pencil on Fabriano Murillo paper, 39 x 27 inches 

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Chromagick [2022]

Carrie Secrist Gallery is pleased to present Chromagick, a new series of eight works on paper created collaboratively by Hilma’s Ghost, a feminist artist collective co-founded by Brooklyn-based artists Dannielle Tegeder and Sharmistha Ray.

Tegeder and Ray, both independent artists, first collaborated on a massive series of 78 original drawings, 5 paintings, and an original tarot deck entitled Abstract Futures Tarot. The

exhibition debuted in a solo booth by the gallery at The Armory Show in New York to stunning success. That project served as a genesis for the duo to imagine new ways of expanding upon the tarot’s hidden meanings and to deepen their exploration of the relationship between ritual, magic, and art through the lens of abstraction. This new suite of drawings was created from the Abstract Futures Tarot deck through a series of 8 readings by Sarah Potter. Potter pulled 4-6 tarot cards for each work and created messages for each work, which are now the titles of the drawings. Tegeder and Ray used the card pulls for compositional inspiration, while drawing upon their considerable knowledge of color and pigment to imbue the drawings with color and crystal magic. Likening the drawings to 'hidden gems,' the duo harnessed the innate vibrational energy of specific colors and crystals to imagine the drawings as talismans, each with their own special power.

 

Through a multitude of ritual processes that accompanied the making of the works, the artists mined the immersive potential of divination as integral to their creative process. These include but are not limited to burning herbs, sigil-making, crystal, candle, and spirit invocations. In this way, the duo that constitute Hilma's Ghost build upon the palimpsest ancestral legacies of the powerful women artists who bravely drew upon the occult, including Hilma af Klint, Emma Kunz, and Leonara Carrington, but also those women artists, like Ana Mendieta and Lygia Clark, who foregrounded the shamanic healing power of art for themselves.

“The fantasy is over, this is your reality check: you faked it until you made it so you know what this costs, but do you recognize your value?”

2022, Gouache, watercolor, ink, and colored pencil on Fabriano Murillo paper, 39 x 27 inches 

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“The truth hurts sometimes, but it’s so much worse to believe the lies. You say you want to know what’s real but then you refuse to hear it. The secret to happiness is that it really doesn’t have to be like this. Help is here when you need it, all you need to do is ask.”

2022, Gouache, watercolor, ink, and colored pencil on Fabriano Murillo paper, 39 x 27 inches 

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“Once you recognize the reality, the right decision is easy. After all, you can’t take it with you and money is best shared and enjoyed with people you love so go ahead and host that party in honor of everything you finally let go of from your past. Imagine if you just put yourself first now because who said self care is merely a daydream? This is a fantasy to get

swept up in.”

2022, Gouache, watercolor, ink, and colored pencil on Fabriano Murillo paper, 39 x 27 inches 

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“Your heart knows what you want, but is it what you need? Be careful what you wish for because you just might get it.”

2022, Gouache, watercolor, ink, and colored pencil on Fabriano Murillo paper, 39 x 27 inches 

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“Before you rush ahead, consider your options carefully. This is your time so choose wisely. Is this real or is it a fantasy? Even if it feels too good to be true at times, this next step promises an adventure. Surrender to the moment offering anew perspective.”

2022, Gouache, watercolor, ink, and colored pencil on Fabriano Murillo paper, 39 x 27 inches 

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“When you are stuck in the past and clinging to your old ways, you will miss out on the open road ahead of you. This cycle ends now. You aren’t alone in this one because we are all in this boat together. What are you waiting for? The only way out is through.”

2022, Gouache, watercolor, ink, and colored pencil on Fabriano Murillo paper, 39 x 27 inches 

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“You got away with it, you really have it all now. Don’t hesitate, this is your happily ever after.”

2022, Gouache, watercolor, ink, and colored pencil on Fabriano Murillo paper, 39 x 27 inches