Artist and creator of the ECO Tarot Adriene Jenik shares the inspiration for the ECO Tarot, an adaptation of the traditional tarot deck to reflect and embrace ecological symbols, concerns and guidance for how we can find our roles in shaping our planet's future.
In this conversation, we delve deep into Adriene's process of developing the ECO Tarot, grounded in spiritual tradition and the latest climate science, and she gives Leslie a brief 2-card spread reading to help illustrate how this tool can help transform climate anxiety and grief to hope and inspiration toward compassionate action.
Adriene Jenik is an artist and professor of art in the Arizona State University School of Art, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. Her artistic projects straddle and trouble the borders between art, science, engineering and popular culture and have been written about in The New York Times, published in The Drama Review, and recognized by the Rockefeller Foundation. In 2014, she shifted her creative practice to focus on issues related to the US desert: environmental resilience, military testing and training, and indigenous values. As part of her work as an artist, she has been free offering climate future readings with her ECO Tarot at farmer's markets, art festivals and other public gatherings around the world since 2017. Reproductions of the ECO Tarot deck are available for sale through ASU.