Belladonna, Lady of the Rocks

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MissBehaving

Joined June 2014

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Small 22.9" x 16.4"
Medium 32.6" x 23.4"
Large 46.2" x 33.2"
Note: Includes a 3/16" white border

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  • Hang your posters in dorms, bedrooms, offices, studios, or anywhere blank walls aren't welcome
  • Printed on 185 gsm semi gloss poster paper
  • Custom cut - refer to size chart for finished measurements
  • 0.19 inch / 0.5 cm white border to assist in framing

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Artist's Description

(From The Waste Land, Part I. The Burial of the Dead.)

Madame Sosostris, famous clairvoyante, is reading tarot cards. ‘Here is Belladonna, the Lady of the Rocks, The lady of situations.’

This refers to the tarot card, The Queen of Cups. Traditionally, this card depicts a queen on the throne, holding a lidded cup in one hand, on a rocky island (here of a silvery reflective surface and ringed with pearls), surrounded by water. The name Belladonna, means ‘beautiful woman’, but it may also refer to deadly nightshade, Aropa belladonna, with sweet inky berries and bell-shaped purple flowers, which has long been used as a hallucinogen, medicine/anaesthetic, cosmetic, and poison. This queen is a merge of a paperdoll cut-out, holding a tea pot, and the head of Picasso’s ‘Bust of a woman with a hat’.

In the end, every woman is Belladonna, the Lady of the rOcKs (ok), the lady of situations, on the island of the self, and she holds her potion/poison in her own hands.

Collage text: Here is Belladonna, (pearls) (eyes), La reine des coupes, Picasso: Bust of a Woman with Hat, atropa belladonna (plant name for deadly nightshade), the Lady of the Rocks, Adam’s apple, the lady of situations, deadly nightshade, hand-made, Santé: Vous avez la peche, non? (French, horoscope: You have made a catch/are in top form, not so?), MissBehaving, 14.12.14

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