M A U : a tarot collection

MAU is the culminating solo exhibition of artist Nicole Yang’s most recent two-year long illustration project, diving into divination. A professional illustrator, designer, and educator, Yang’s work has a hypnotic aesthetic that is innovative and whimsical. She has created a variety of work in her career so far, but M A U is the largest project to date for Yang, having spent the last two years exploring the history of divination and its design aesthetics, while experimenting with innovative techniques and expanding her creative skills. This body of work is the culmination of her mastery of illustration and propels her forward into the future of illustration and design with the magic of tarot by her side.


The imagery in M A U pulls from symbolism and narratives within the longstanding tradition of divination with a unique contemporary slant, utilizing the modern aesthetic and representation of many, many cats.


With Yang’s fascination and dedication to studying decaying plant matter and how that plant matter can influence pigment heavily inform her color and textures, which are highlighted in her creations. These textures were then scanned and used as overlays. The tedious process involves harvesting various leaves and flowers and experimenting with their tannin content. The original texture prints will also be on display.


M A U : a tarot collection

Leo Freedman Gallery,Visual Arts Department, California State University, Fullerton

800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92831

*Free parking in Nutwood Parking Structure


Opening Reception: Saturday, May 11, 2019, 5:00 – 8:00 pm

Exhibition Hours: May 13 – 17, 2019, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm; May 18, 2019, 2:00 – 4:00 pm



About the artist:

Nicole Yang lives and works in Orange County, California. She is an independent designer and illustrator and also founded the all ages art school Blue Sky Academy of Art located in Irvine, which hosts some of the most popular life drawing workshops in the county. Yang has had her artwork in art exhibitions throughout Southern California, has created designs for a variety of companies, bands, organizations and individuals, and she is currently finishing her MFA in Illustration at California State University, Fullerton.


Media Contact:

Evan A. Senn




May 11 2019


5:00 pm - 8:00 pm



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