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Poison Study -Giclée Art Prints

Poison Study -Giclée Art Prints

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 Artist Statement:

I love storytelling - this piece is no exception. I was reading the story of Aqua Tofana - a poison made around 1632 by Giulia Tofana - an italian purveyor of poison.

Over 600 victims are alleged to have died from this very strong poison, it’s said they were mostly abusive husbands, in a time when women did not have any rights or protection. However this fact has been disputed and her actions might have been less noble and more for profit. So I was inspired by this story to make a fictional one - an account of a medieval woman poisoner bent on freeing women from the bondage of abuse.

However, one day as she is creating a new poison and testing it, she mixes the antidote incorrectly and passes among her books and notes in her greenhouse. A fitting way for a poison maker to go out. The plants overgrow and curl up around her body, taking care of their caretaker, returning her to the earth, butterflies flittering around her resting place.

The cards on the table are scans from a medieval manuscript on poisonous herbs and flowers. Giulia was later on but for this I chose to take it back a ways. Of course, I don’t condone poisoning anyone - this is just a story I couldn’t get out of my head and wanted to illustrate in a different time and place. If anything I hope the tale of Giulia and aqua tofana keeps abusers up at night, no poison necessary.



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