About the Element
Mendelevium is the chemical element of atomic number 101, a radioactive metal of the actinide series. It does not occur naturally and was first made in 1955 by bombarding einsteinium with helium ions. Named after Dmitry Mendeleev (1834–1907), Russian chemist who developed the periodic table.

About the Print
This short description was enough for me to visualize Mendeleev wearing a yellow radioactive suit and Albert Einstein on the background being bombarded and looking nervous. Making a bit of fun of two great scientists won't hurt. And at least it's memorable... It's a multiple plate linocut printed with Daniel Smith oil based inks on white Rising Stonehenge paper.

About the Printmaker
While studying graphic design and illustration, I came across linocut relief printmaking. At first, the medium seemed to me very plain, even dull - no tricks, no mystery. But quite soon I was completely taken in with this technique. I found that honest and straightforward, the linocut doesn't have means of hiding a poor drawing, weak composition, and lack of content, so the artist has to be excellent in all these. Even a simple black and white prints can be very powerful if it's well designed. Multiple plates, reduction technique, and gradient inking make exploring the possibilities of relief printmaking full of excitement.


by Natalia Moroz

see also: Tin
see also: Darmstadtium

Symbol: Md
Atomic number: 101
Atomic weight: 258