Circe on her Island
Single colour (black) linocut
Hand printed on 110 g/sqm zerkall paper in pale cream with deckled edges.
30cm x 30cm image size.
Please note paper sizes will vary slightly but will generally have a minimum 3cm border around the printed image
Limited Edition of 25.
* PLEASE NOTE THAT BECAUSE OF CORVID 19 RESTRICTIONS I AM UNABLE TO ACCESS MY STUDIO WHERE I STORE THIS PARTICULAR PRINT. ORDERS ARE STILL WELCOME BUT IT MAY TAKE AN INDETERMINATE TIME TO REACH YOU. MANY THANKS FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING *
Circe is a goddess of magic or sometimes a nymph, enchantress or sorceress in Greek mythology. She is a daughter of the god Helios and the Oceanid nymph Perse. Circe was renowned for her vast knowledge of potions and herbs; one of her Homeric epithets is polypharmakos ("knowing many drugs or charms"). Through the use of these and a magic wand or staff, she would transform her enemies, or those who offended her, into animals. I was inspired to make this print after reading Madeline Miller's recent novel on Circe, which tells the tale of the goddess with empathy and understanding - complete with thoughtful descriptions of her magic; her care of animals and the solitude of her island life in her banishment.
“Little by little I began to listen better: to the sap moving in the plants, to the blood in my veins. I learned to understand my own intention, to prune and to add, to feel where the power gathered and speak the right words to draw it to its height. That was the moment I lived for, when it all came clear at last and the spell could sing with its pure note, for me and me alone.”
~ Madeline Miller, Circe
For more artistic interpretations of Circe through the ages: