Aquatic Playing Cards by Nicole Avena
This card deck exhibits 52 digital illustrations of both abstract realism and collage.
The back of the deck is intended to resemble an ocean. Hand crafted and then digitally manipulated, this image was comprised from torn up photographic pieces, ranging from dark to light, like a sea bottom to surface.
The illustration is then broken up by undulating white lines, acting as the white crest of ocean waves.
The suites are broken up into 4 phylums of sea creatures; Mollusca, Chordates, Cnidarian, and Arthropods.
The symbols of the coral, clam, barnacle, and puffer fish denote the most basic creatures of each phylum.
As the incremental value of the face cards increase, so does the threatening nature of each creature in that phylum or suite.