Continuing our countdown to The London Illustration Fair 2015, we’ll have Dolores de Sade on the stand next week! 

Dolores de Sade is a British artist who trained at Royal College of Art. Following her graduation she was awarded Royal Etcher status. She has exhibited across the UK and internationally. Dolores de Sade’s work is concerned with the representation of place.  Focused mainly on the landscape, her work is as much about what is not included in such depictions – the absent figure, the ever-shifting horizon, the need for wilderness, the authority of knowledge.

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The London Illustration Fair 2015
10th - 12th July
Hoxton Arches
E2 8HD

Roman Magic Intaglio of a Hecataion, 1st-3rd Century AD

The carving is of an apotropaic, magical subject (as is common on stone amulets from this period): the Hecataion, a statue of Hecate, composed of three figures: the first, facing forward, is the only one that is completely visible. Each pair of arms holds different attributes, all of which are associated with Hecate: she holds two torches in the bottom set of hands, whips in the set of hands, and knives in the top set of hands.

Hecate is a mythological figure related to Artemis, who does not have myths of her own, but is characterized essentially by her functions. Present in Hesiod’s texts, she is independent from the Olympians because she is a direct descendant of the Titans: in the beginning, she was a generally positive figure who spread her kindness to mortals, granting them favors and prosperity. But bit by bit, she acquired another specialty: the world of magic, enchantments (according to a later tradition, Hecate was the mother of the two best known witches in Greek mythology, Circe and Medea), and, above all, the shades: her most frequent attribute is the torch.

During the Hellenistic and Roman periods, and in her role as a magician, Hecate presided over crossroads: she is, therefore, venerated and represented as a female statue with three bodies arranged around a column, at whose feet travelers and the faithful could give offerings.

Widow’s Secret. Recently pulled out of the archives, Widow’s Secret is an older piece of mine from 2012. The background texture was made using the Intaglio printmaking process and gold ink. The rest of the design was screenprinted using specially mixed inks! When I was printing these I made sure to use different colors on each of them so they are all one-of-a-kind! Three different ones are now available in the shop. Once they are gone they’re gone! ✨ PoisonApplePrintshop.com #PoisonApplePrintshop #widowssecret #handmade #intaglio #screenprint #printmaking #macabre #supporthandmade (at Poison Apple Printshop)

Ring with a deer hunt

Classical Period
425–400 B.C.

Intaglio. Motif oriented horiztonally. An Amazon hunter on horseback prepares to spear a spotted deer, running away at left. The deer is also pursued by a hunting dog. In front of the horse’s head there is a flying bird. The hunter is wearing a short tunic (chiton), belted at waist, and a cloak (chlamys). The chlamys and hair are blown back behind the figure. The horse has a short mane and the tail is rendered by inverted V-shaped lines.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston