Maxime Simon starts working on the Tarot Infini serie in 2017, in an attempt to create a conceptual device that would enable a direct and inclusive relationship between the viewer and the artistic process.

 

Inspired by Donald MacKinnon's theories on creativity and play and Heidegger’s work on object ontology, the artist aims to conceive an object actionable by the viewer and capable of producing an infinite amount of meaning.

For Maxime Simon, an artwork must be its own world and exist independently from us. He sees in Marsile Ficin’s Tarot de Marseille, an early example of such a device and it’s structure will heavily influence the Tarot Infini serie. Before becoming the known divination tool that Ficin’s Tarot is nowadays, it used to be a philosophical tool, designed to allow the free association of concepts.

Each of the 21 cards that constitute it represents a major aspect of the soul, a relevant concept of the zeitgeist, thus the collection becomes a cartography of the human mind as perceived by Ficin in the end of the 15th century. The disciple was then invited to draw the cards one by one, associating their concepts along the way and producing meaning, a base for a philosophical thought, the game becoming a tutor helping finding solutions that wouldn’t have been visible otherwise.

 

What is striking about this apparently simple process, is its ability to produce meaning beyond the user’s mindset and paradoxically it needs the viewer to extract said meaning from these highly codified images. Incarnating this idea so dear to the the Object-Oriented Ontology of an object non-exhaustible by the subject.

By identifying what would be nowadays these major aspects of the soul and infusing them in similarly crafted images, Maxime Simon wishes to create a new thought device based on Ficin’s work. Questioning what defines us as humans in the XXIst century, inviting us to practice introspection and auto-criticism while looking for what we find beautiful and true.

Le Copiste, 2018

Watercolor on Paper

55 x 27,5 cm

La Carcasse, 2018

Watercolor on Paper

55 x 27,5 cm

L'Ecuelle, 2018

Watercolor on Paper

55 x 27,5 cm

L'Orfèvre, 2018

Watercolor on Paper

55 x 27,5 cm

Les Ombres, 2018

Watercolor on Paper

55 x 27,5 cm

Le Masque , 2019

Watercolor on Paper

55 x 27,5 cm

Le Sycophante, 2019

Watercolor on Paper

55 x 27,5 cm

L'Innombrable, 2018

Watercolor on Paper

55 x 27,5 cm

Le Choix, 2018

Watercolor on Paper

55 x 27,5 cm

La Douleur, 2018

Watercolor on Paper

55 x 27,5 cm

La Carte sans Nom, 2019

Watercolor on Paper

55 x 27,5 cm

L'Homme-Cage, 2018

Watercolor on Paper

55 x 27,5 cm

Horror Vacui, 2019

Watercolor on Paper

55 x 27,5 cm

L'Idole, 2018

Watercolor on Paper

55 x 27,5 cm

La Chimère, 2018

Watercolor on Paper

55 x 27,5 cm

L'Ordre, 2018

Watercolor on Paper

55 x 27,5 cm

Le Don, 2018

Watercolor on Paper

55 x 27,5 cm

L'Usurier, 2018

Watercolor on Paper

55 x 27,5 cm

Le Reflet, 2019

Watercolor on Paper

55 x 27,5 cm

L'Obole, 2018

Watercolor on Paper

55 x 27,5 cm

L'Abime, 2018

Watercolor on Paper

55 x 27,5 cm

L'Isle, 2018

Watercolor on Paper

55 x 27,5 cm