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Framed print on plastic of a backwards "thank you" plastic bag for good luck in store, by Sarah Zar

Oracles & Evacuations

Oracles and Evacuations is a combination of installation, projection, mysterium, psychological amulets, painting, drawing, an imaginary pop-up oracle shop/performance piece called Into The Forest*, and other curiosities.  The project deals with oracles, evacuations, trauma, and the roles of deception and imagination in healing.  What you see here are small elements from the large installation of the Oracles & Evacuations series.  (This page will be updated as more photographs are taken of the work.)

painted portrait of a woman channeling lightning with hands folded in her lap - elemental magic, materia prima
“Channel” painting by Sarah Zar, from the Oracles & Evacuations Series, 2016.

Channel is on view at Stephen Romano’s “Materia Prima”, at BLAM gallery, Brooklyn, through the end of November.

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Optimist Detector Locket

Optimist Detector Locket necklace with house and birds
Optimist Detector Locket

These divination lockets can be used to interpret whether someone is feeling optimistic or pessimistic, and often quite a bit more is revealed. Anyone familiar with Tarot cards will find these amulets extremely useful.

These are part of the pop-up “shop”, Into the forest, included in the Oracles & Evacuations exhibit.

WEARABLE PSYCHOLOGY Type–tokens are a series of jewelry, accessories, and baubles that can be used as tools to help us explore our understanding of the people around us. Each piece in the Wearable Psychology line has a different purpose. This amulet can be used to determine the tambor of a person’s life perspective at the moment of viewing.

*Tambor- a set of two interlocking hoops between which cloth is stretched before stitching.

Memory Finger

In olden days, people tied pieces of cloth around any painful part of their body to hold the “spirit of life” in that area. They believed this would cure it and keep the pain from spreading to other parts of the body. The tradition of tying a string on the finger was similarly designed to “keep” the thought there, to be remembered later when it was needed. Read more

Why It’s Over

Ceramic sculpture of doppelgangers, with two busts joined by tangled rubber bands, hanging perilously. An art object by Sarah Zar.
Why It’s Over, Porcelain and rubber bands.

*This piece no longer exists. It was destroyed in an unfortunate jack-hammer incident, in which it was ground to a fine powder, leaving nothing behind but plaster dust and remnants of the bindings.