Jennifer Elsner


Jennifer Elsner is a multidisciplinary artist who has worked in text, graphic design, sculpture, process, and performance. And while she’s uncomfortable talking about herself in the third person, has heard it can be effective for things like this.

Intrinsic. Esoteric. Dynamic. Cosmic. Prosaic. Therapeutic. Rhapsodic. Terrific. ORA+CLE was designed as a limited edition art object and divination tool, designed to be used on its own, or as a complement to a tarot practice. ORA+CLE is an object displayed in a place of reverence or kept private as your personal sage. The deck possesses a simplicity that allows the reader a clearer path to arriving at a natural understanding. ORA+CLE is Elsner’s contribution to the desire to manifest meaning and create paradigm shifts.

And this isn’t her first rodeo. Elsner has participated in exhibitions in galleries and in the field. Her ephemeral work is found in private collections and museums. Publications include those printed on paper and displayed on-screen. She is a graduate of The New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Elsner lives in Marfa, Texas, and Richmond, Virginia— where she teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Relationships are at the core of our experience: personal, inter-personal and professional. In fact, they are the building blocks that create our lives. How to purify and make these unions more perfect is rich with opportunity.

ORA+CLE is a vehicle for finding meaning & magic in the quotidian. 50 cards of wisdom gained through my decades-long design practice—illuminating ways to reframe, recharge and reflect.

What’s an ORA+CLE Deck?

An oracle deck is similar to Tarot; an object of meditation that encourages its participant to explore and uncover truths about themselves. It holds the promise of a dynamic, positive, spiritual transformation via understanding our essential selves.

Where ORA+CLE differs from an oracle deck or Tarot is that it’s a looser, more utilitarian exploration. Its scope encompasses the emotional experiences we have as designers. ORA+CLE was developed pragmatically, intuitively, and yes, sacredly.

ORA+CLE is meant to be used on its own — as a way of deepening inquiry — or as a compliment to a Tarot practice. Oh! And it encourages you to use your critical thinking skills, too.

While ORA+CLE is a divination tool created with the needs of designers in mind, it works for anyone who interfaces professionally or personally with humans. So, pretty much everyone.

Why an Oracle Deck?

The designer/client relationship is at the core of my professional and artist practice. How to purify and make these unions more perfect is rich with opportunity. The inquiry lights me up.

Cultivating the intimacy necessary for a rewarding designer/client rapport is often avoided under the guise of being ‘professional.’ This fiction results in distrust, disinterest, dissatisfaction. On both sides. My stance is more emotional investment, not less, is the only way to conduct business. ORA+CLE is a tool to harness a paradigm shift.

Why the name ORA+CLE?

The name ORA+CLE began as a typo, and I liked it. The typesetting is an aesthetic composition that also clearly identifies the nature of the object.


Card Deck Genres:

Oracle , Mindfulness , Daily practice


Jennifer Elsner