Fortune Tellers, 2019 - Serving the People
Fortune Tellers, 2019 - Serving the People

Fortune Tellers, 2019

Odile Marion-Jetten
Bronze lost wax casting and aluminum lost wax alginate castings
± 4 x 5 x 5 inches and ± 1 x 2 x 1 inches (four times)
± 10 x 12.5 x 12.5 cm and ± 2.5 x 5 x 2.5 cm (four times)
Concordia University

Fortune Tellers is proposing a set of fictitious divinatory devices in the form of a bronze cootie catcher and four aluminium fortune cookies. If not edible or made out of paper, they resemble what they are meant to imitate, thus sending us back to childhood memories, to a magic belief, or to the simple thrill of cracking one at the end of a meal at the restaurant; not so much for the taste of it, but for what its little paper will say. This is where the materiality of these pieces comes into place; this heavy cootie catcher is incapable of being played and these fortune cookies will never be cracked open. They remain static, incapable of revealing their secret, if secret there is. In that sense, although shiny and attracting, the so called Fortune Tellers revel themselves incapable of fortune telling, confronting us to the end of childhood, to this moment when we stopped believing in magic.