The Wheel of Fortune

Upcoming posts on the Landfill Art Project blog will focus on different aspects of the LandfillArt collection — themes that were repeated in different ways by different artists, unusual techniques and media used, stories told by the artists, concerns about the environment,

So it seems appropriate to begin our exploration of the collection with the Idea of the Wheel of Fortune – the role that chance, fate, and luck plays in our lives

The concept of the Wheel of Fortune, or Rota Fortunae goes back to ancient and medieval philosophy, referring to the capricious nature of Fate. The wheel belongs to the goddess Fortuna, who spins it at random, changing the positions of those on the wheel – some suffer great misfortune, others gain windfalls. Fortune appears on all paintings as a woman, sometimes blindfolded, “puppeteering” a wheel.

The artists chose different ways to portray their thoughts about Rota Fortunae


The Wheel Of Fortune

by Nives Cicin-Sain


Nives Cicin-Sain from Split, Croatia created her own version of The Wheel of Fortune.  Nives has had 20 solo exhibitions and has taken part in over 50 group exhibitions throughout the world.  She graduated from the Art School in 1979, and became a member of the Croatian Association of Independent Artists in 1989.

In her artistic expressions she mostly uses a papier-mâché technique which she perfected herself, and as a result she has held many workshops at home, in Japan, Germany, USA and Israel. Until 1999, she participated in numerous theatre projects, modeling art props, masks and jewelry. Nives also created three independent scene set designs and three costume design projects. She has experience with illustration of books and design of picture postcards. During 2007, she published a book My Papier-Mâché in Croatian that was also translated into English and German.

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The Wheel Of Fortune

by Chloe Paganini And Sébastian Aurillon


Chloe is a French artist who graduated from the Ecole des Beaux-arts in Paris. She has been living in NYC for two and a half years. Sebastien is a Parisian painter who lives and works in NYC as an art consultant for galleries and artists. Both artists work together under the name Miss Chloe and Mister Sebastien.

Can accessories be used to show a glimpse of one’s style, one’s social status, one’s fortune. The words ‘Wheel’ and ‘Fortune’ came to us and we decided to take a play on them.”

website at


The Wheel Of Fortune

by Donalee Pond-Koenig



From the fame ‘Wheel of Fortune’ my idea grew. I have saved our fortunes from the cookies for years and had always planned to use them in some form of art project. So here it is in a hubcap circle-perfect!”    Donalee Pond-Koenig

Donalee, from Tallahassee, Florida,  has a BFA in fine arts from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York. She has a professional art studio and is on the Board of Directors for two well known art galleries. Donalee has taught as an adjunct professor at Florida State University and Tallahassee Community College.

Her website is at :


The Wheel Of Fortunes

by Rhonda Williams-Parent



Rhonda currently lives in Woodinville, Washington but was born in northern Ontario in Canada. She has enjoyed creating art her whole life but assemblage artwork has just recently become part of her creative expression. Rhonda shows and teaches art in the Seattle, Washington area.

The concept of reusing materials in the creation of art is not only brilliant but it is irreplaceable! The patina that use imparts on materials makes every piece of art incredibly unique.” Rhonda Williams-Parent


The Wheel Of Fortune

by Karen Landey


Living in Beaverton, Oregon, video artist and indie video producer, Karen Landey has produced nine issues of Indie Arts: The DVD Magazin.  The cutting edge DVD format features videotaped interviews with mixed media and collage artists and offers ideas for independent artists to take their art to the next level and ways to get their artwork seen.

I was intrigued by the concept of turning trash into art. I loved the challenge of finding the treasure in the shape and material. The Wheel of Fortune was the perfect solution, using more trash to make this treasure.” Karen Landey

Her website is at  and the DVD magazine is at


The Wheel Keeps Turning

by Rita Klackin


The idea of art being part of the solution to the problem of the destruction of the natural environment is logical. Creation and destruction go hand in hand. Bringing creation out of destruction gives us all hope…and an opportunity for rebirth.” Rita Klackin

Rita is an artist and art therapist working in Livingston, New Jersey . She works with Alzheimers/Dementia patients, medically ill children, and those struggling with mental illness. Rita works in several mediums such as painting, printmaking, drawing and photography.


Medicine Wheel(Clarifying Our Focus)

by Shan Goshorn



Shan Goshorn is an Eastern Band Cherokee, living in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Specializing in hand-colored black and white photos and large scale abstract paintings, her work has been exhibited extensively in the United States and Canada and is included in exhibits world wide. Shan’s art is included in collections in the National Museum of the American Indian, The Smithsonian Institute and the Department of the Interior. Shan serves on many boards relating to Native American art and contemporary Indian issues.

I believe in the power of intention; art is one way to heal. I am grateful to be part of this global movement by artists to bring awareness and health to our world.”   Shan Goshorn

 Her website is at