Fortune House

Tarot & Palm Readings by Cindy Mochizuki

Saturdays, 11:00 am

Frye Galleries

Cindy Mochizuki is a practicing fortune teller and artist based in Vancouver, Canada. For Group Therapy she will stage Fortune House (2014/18), in which she offers tarot and palm readings in exchange for participants’ “monster” stories. The 15–30 minute in-gallery sessions include a detailed and intimate reading, often generated by the participant making one single wish. Following the reading, the participant describes a monster drawn from their own memories or dreams, old myths, or thoughts about what might classify as a monster in contemporary society. Mochizuki then translates these stories into ink blot drawings, conflating prognostication and a technique associated with psychoanalysis to “exorcise” participants’ boogeymen. These drawings will accumulate in the gallery over the course of the exhibition.

Please note: on days when readings are offered, the artist will break from 12:30–1:30 pm, and 3–3:30 pm.

Cindy Mochizuki (Canadian, b. 1976, Vancouver, British Columbia) creates multi-media installation, audio fiction, performance, animation, and drawings. Her works explore the manifestation of story and its relationship to site-specificity, invisible histories, archives, and memory work. Her artistic process moves back and forth between multiple sites of cultural production, considering language, chance, improvisation, and engaging communities. She has exhibited, performed and screened her work in Canada, the US, and Asia. Exhibitions include the Yonago City Museum (Yonago, Japan), The New Gallery (Calgary), Hamilton Artists Inc (Hamilton), and Koganecho Bazaar (Yokohama). In 2015, she received the Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award in New Media and Film. She received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies from the School For Contemporary Arts (2006). She lives and works in Vancouver, Canada and has been reading tarot for over 20 years.

Photo: Jonathan Vanderweit


Registration for the 30-minute sessions will occur day-of, on site, on a first-come-first-served basis. Additional information can be found in the galleries.