This puzzling work was adapted from a 1990 photo that the artist shot at the Archaeological Museum’s gift shop in Madrid. His interest in the ancient Goddess cults, begun in 1974, inspired many works of art over the past four decades. DiFalco employed the studio techniques of aquatint and intaglio in this zinc plate print, which was etched in two baths of Nitric acid. In this first edition print of four editions , the artist also employed the Chine colle technique, which incorporated treated mulberry bark paper into the work. A blend of Parisian colored inks and Stonehenge black paper were used in this Second edition. The plate size was five inches wide by seven inches high, and the printmaking paper measured about ten by eleven inches. The art comes with both a mat and frame that measures about 10 x 13 inches. DiFalco integrated several hidden symbols within his etching in order to produce optical illusions while studying the original work. All four editions will be limited to only five prints each. The last edition will not be printed until January of 2021 because of political situations in the US and prophecies made by the artist.
The first goddess figures in this genre, discovered by Arthur Evans in 1903, depict the Minoan style of dress and grace. This specific figure is from the collection of the Archaeological Museum in Heraklion, Crete. Snakes, because of their regular skin shedding, represent rebirth. Evans believed that the Minoans lived in a matriarchal society.
Snake Goddess, Minoan, Intaglio, Aquatint, Pink On Black, Original Printmaking, Magical Printmaking