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The Soothsayers: 3D Works on Paper by Emily Lombardo

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A Soothsayer is a person who predicts the future by magical, intuitive, or more rational means; someone who says sooth, meaning “truth” or “reality,” a term dating back to the 14th century. The Soothsayers is an installation of sculptural prints, which represent excavated hearts from Magic 8 Ball toys that are positioned as divine relics of cultural nostalgia.

The Magic 8 Ball was created in 1950, invented by Albert C. Carter, inspired by a spirit writing device used by his mother, a clairvoyant. The post-World War II boom in industry propelled this toy into thousands of homes across America. By freeing the “relic” from the plastic enclosure of the 8 Ball, the multi-faceted truth speakers can engage in a heightened, self-aware dialog with the viewer. The multiplicity of The Soothsayers speaks to these vast relationships over time. Plastic is transformed into stone like paper; nonsense banter into stark revelations that forces a sense of maturity and time on this youthful fortune-telling device.

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