Katelan V. Foisy is a visual artist, writer, and occultist. She paints, she writes, she photographs and she is also a witch; a woman of many talents.

I was first attracted to her work some years ago when I happened upon it via Instagram. I was struck by the beautiful colours and the vintage style that transports you back in time.

Please…do not hesitate, pull back the velvet curtain and open yourself up to the magical world of Katelan Foisy.


Greek mythology created quite the monster. Her once beautiful hair had being turned into snakes, her gaze was to turn people into stone – Medusa was the ultimate monstrous female.

Medusa, in Greek mythology, the most famous of the monster figures known as Gorgons. She was usually represented as a winged female creature having a head of hair consisting of snakes; unlike the Gorgons, she was sometimes represented as very beautiful. Medusa was the only Gorgon who was mortal; hence her slayer, Perseus, was able to kill her by cutting off her head. From the blood that spurted from her neck sprang Chrysaor and Pegasus, her two sons by Poseidon. The severed head, which had the power of turning into stone all who looked upon it, was given to Athena, who placed it in her shield; according to another account, Perseus buried it in the marketplace of Argos.

Source: Encyclopaedia Britannica

It was obvious that painters, sculptors, and poets were to take this hideous creature and immortalise her in their work.

Sylvia Plath wrote her poem Medusa, using her characteristics as an allegory for her own relationship with her Mother.

If we step into the art world, we know that many painters have made Medusa their subject, some depict both her pain and beauty.

There was the 1964 film Gorgon made by Hammer Studios that depicted her characteristics and terrifying demeanour that was to scare horror fans all over the world.

Medusa will always be a curious creature to anyone that comes across her whether in poetry or literature. She is both a monster and an inspiration to those that want to frighten in their peculiar tales. Some will warn you of her. Some will be under her spell and others will be turned to stone.

Denis Forkas Kostromitin currently resides in Moscow, Russia. His work is exquisite and could sit quite comfortably next to the work of William Blake with a clear love for the romantic age whilst gently weaving in elements of the macabre, death, religion and folklore. It is a beautifully dark world that one can lose themselves in.

You can find more of his work here

Divine Comedy
Miniature decorative motif (illustration for Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri/Purgatory, Canto 32), 2017 Acrylics on card, 11.4 x 11.4 cm

Aitna III
Aitna III / Three Immortal Archons*, 2017
Ink and acrylics on paper, 29.5 x 18.4 cm

The Emperor's Bath
The Emperor’s Bath. Study #5 from the Visio Tnugdali series, 2016
Acrylics on paper, 27,8 x 21,4 cm

Death and the maiden
Death and the Maiden, 2016
Acrylics on prepared paper, 34.8 x 28 cm

Solar Eclipse
Solar Eclipse (Apollo Inspires the Pythia)*, 2015
Acrylics and gilding on paper, 41.4 x 39.5 cm