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Lisa Goldheart - The Tarot of Southwest London

 In a series of interviews, we are chatting to artists involved with the 2024 Wandsworth Fringe. The Fringe Festival runs from 7th until 23rd June. 

In this interview, we chat with Lisa Goldheart about The Tarot of Southwest London which runs at Battersea Library from the 7th to the 22nd of June.

Where did your arts career begin?
My fascination with art naturally began when I was around 4-5 years old. Creativity has always been a part of my life, and I've explored various artistic pursuits over the years. In 2021, I decided to take my art more seriously when I established my art studio in Wimbledon. Since then, I've dedicated the last three years to developing different aspects of my art business, including creating a website, delving into social media, and experimenting with different art materials. I made the decision to leave my job earlier this year to fully focus on this project because of my deep passion for it.

What can you tell me about your show?
My project draws inspiration from the people and places in my hometown of Wandsworth. I invite local residents and business owners to pose for paintings and share their stories through video interviews for a YouTube documentary I'm producing. Each painting is a contemporary interpretation of a Tarot card, tailored to suit the diverse range of people and themes covered. I see the community as a deck of Tarot cards – all unique but coming together as one.

Where did the idea for the show come from?
The idea actually came to me while I was relaxing in the bath. Although I don't meditate conventionally, I find that being in the bath helps me unwind and sparks my creativity. I've had an interest in spiritual matters for years, and my previous works have been influenced by Tarot, chakras, and spirituality. So, it was only a matter of time before I wanted to create my own Tarot deck. The concept of being able to interact with the characters in the cards and receive real-life guidance intrigued me. This led me to the idea of inviting local individuals to pose for paintings and share their stories, resulting in "The Tarot of Southwest London."

How do you prepare for a performance?
I'm preparing by recording my painting process every day, expanding my knowledge of video editing, and seeking assistance from community members like the Battersea Men's Shed, who are constructing my exhibition walls, and Battersea Library, who are aiding in marketing and providing the exhibition space.

What is the message of your show?
The core message is about community. I strive to capture the essence of our current time and era while exploring various topics through the artistic process.

If you were a biscuit, what would you be and why?
If I were a biscuit I'd be a Jammy Dodger because I have a big heart and I'm anything but ordinary. Also, because my grandmother used to jokingly call me a "jammy cow."

Can you describe the show in three words?
My exhibition in three words: 
Wandsworth, people, Tarot.

When can people see the show and follow the journey beyond?
The exhibition will be held at Battersea Library from the 7th to the 22nd of June, and individuals can stay updated on my journey through Instagram and YouTube.

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