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This artwork was drawn in 2020 to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of Poison Apple Printshop!
The apple is one of the most symbol-laden fruits found throughout history and art. With firm roots in the folklore, fairytales, and mythology of many different cultures, the apple’s vast symbolism spans knowledge, love, seduction, abundance, prosperity, fertility, life-force, growth, wholeness, wisdom, power, temptation, immortality, evil, and death. Its more ominous associations stem from similarities in the Doric Greek term ‘málum,’ meaning ‘apple,’ and the Latin ‘malum’, meaning ‘evil.’ Over time, these two etymologies have entwined, propagating the mythos of the Poison Apple with tale after tale of a wicked fruit imbued with baneful magic. A morsel of ill-intent and a harbinger of death, the Poison Apple has found an immovable place in the archetype of the witch, acting as one of her most beloved and deadly weapons. Enticing yet deceiving, the Poison Apple appears ordinary to the eye but is steeped in the fatal oils of poisonous plants, in turn symbolizing the witch’s knowledge of baneful herbs and walking between worlds. Whereas apples in general are often symbols of a globe, heart, or womb, the inclusion of poison injects a layer of corruption and perversion upon the fruit’s broad symbolism and garners it a home in the realms of chaos, malice, and death.
Malum is original artwork hand drawn by Adrienne Rozzi.
Screen printed with white ink on black cotton canvas
Measures approximately 13.5" x 13.5" (inches)
**Please note: Patches are cut by hand so measurements may vary slightly. Edges are raw cut canvas. Some patches may display a single factory finished edge from the fabric's creation process.
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