Charlie is a non-binary spirit in a human home who's gay for other queers! Based in Portland, Oregon, Charlie is the artist and author behind the Fifth Spirit Tarot.
"I imagine the Shrine of the Black Medusa as a space where you can be your full self, with all of your trauma, faults, charms, and questions"
"...my queer art is this way: it is loud, it is intense, it is sensual and dark and unapologetic and looks nightmares and reality (and the overlap) in the eye."
"As an indigenous woman, it has been natural for me to incorporate people of color and the indigenous spiritual values that I grew up with into my work. The Gentle Tarot is for anybody wanting some gentle, loving support."
"A lot of us are on similar journeys to reclaim stolen and forgotten parts of our history, cultural identity and - honestly - ourselves."
"My entire queer feminist being is so entwined with PHAEDRA, and I like it that way. My main aim was simplicity, and with that comes an openness with which any identity can find comfort."
"It’s frustrating to me that in 2019 we don’t see remotely accurate depictions of diversity in our media. This deck is my humble attempt to fill in some gaps."
"Inspiration came from Rookie’s aesthetic, which resonates strongly with me as it’s very DIY, zine-like. I grew up in the 90s so I have a soft spot for collage."
"I’m printing this deck for anyone else who likes to look at tarot cards, and laugh, and feel that there is space for their version of beauty."
"I built a portfolio full of melanated goddesses with creamy brown skin tones embracing their femininity and power. I love making art that makes my sisters feel good about themselves."
On creating the Guided Hand Tarot, a subversive, queer, collage deck inspired by Hilda af Klint and Hannah Hoch.