‘Betrothed to one man but in love with another, she was held captive by her father in a turret of the castle perched high on the craggy rocks. On a wild and stormy night her beloved came to rescue her, and they escaped through the Mermaid’s cave under the castle. The sea was cruel and tempestuous and their boat was dashed against the treacherous coastline, their bodies lost at sea. She remains there still. On dark, stormy nights you can hear her heartrending wails, lamenting her lost life and love.’
This is the story of poor Maeve Roe, which encircles my illustration of her in this print. Every time I walk the coast and cliffs around Dunluce castle, I think of her.
We often walk there on dark and stormy nights, in fact I prefer it that way. The waves crash against the craggy rocks, the castle looms above, silhouetted against the stormy clouds and partially visible moon, the wind howls and the gulls cry. The fleeting shadows cast by clouds and the shrieks of the gulls make shivers crawl down the spine. Could that have been her? It’s an incredibly atmospheric place, soaked in history and myth. I often think I’d like to catch a glimpse of her, but I’m not so sure.
Details: Ltd edition of 300, 100% silk with a handrolled edge, 130cm x 130cm,
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