The personal adaptation of the Major Arcana by K is the result of a long reflection on their symbology and what they teach.
In this research, the artist relies on the study of masters like Alejandro Jodorowsy and Aleister Crowley, with the advice of Simone Loi, naturopath and tarologist. Loi contributed to the catalogue of the exhibition with some quotes from his thesis on the subject.
“The 22 Triumphs, also called Major Arcana, have always fascinated artists. Some of them ventured into a personal revision of the original model, such as the Tarot of Mantegna, the decks of Salvador Dalì, Enrico Baj and the Tarot of Dario Fo, painted by his son Jacopo.
In The Castle of Crossed Destinies, Italo Calvino uses the Tarot to help his characters, affected by insanable mutism, giving them the opportunity to tell their adventures through the Tarot cards arranged on the table. Kaey seems to accept the invitation of the author, collecting the original deck and inviting us to retrace the way of the Tarot through an intriguing figurative repertoire of strong symbolic value, shaping an evolutionary path of personal, mental and spiritual growth.
Each Arcane is a stage of the journey, and an entity with a precise character. Starting from the classic iconography of the original deck, Kaey transports us into a universe of humanoids, Machines and colors that undoubtedly recall the American New Age school of Ralph Steadman and the experiments of Dave Mckean. Each figure relates to a specific phase of the growth of the human being, giving the Arcana an extremely human reading key. In the cycle, we find indeed a fetus, that becomes later a newborn and then faces paternal and maternal figures, to finally meet the society outside the family nucleus, acquiring an increasing awareness of himself as he enters the journey.
Kaey’s research is topical and modern. At the same time, the choice of the Arcana model crystallizes his work in a timeless era, in which elements of the past are mixed with futuristic suggestions and constructions. This gives rise to an imperishable language that finds its maximum expression in the choice of a universal theme.”
cit. Marcella Magaletti, curator of the exhibition “22”