A series of artworks, illustrating the medicinal uses of weeds.
These illustrations include metaphorical and anthropomorphic visual details which depict each plant's qualities: the medicinal use – its healing properties and its dangers, methods of intake and extraction processes, its folklore, its historical and modern use within medicine, and the varied etymology of each plant name e.g. the name Dandelion comes from the french words dent-de-lion which translates as Lions teeth alluding to the flower heads which are Lion's mane–like and the leaves which are teeth-like. My aim is to explore the relaying of information, instruction and warnings without the need for words.
The working title of this project is titled 'Worts'. I have been gardening for a few years, and struggled to remember the medicinal uses of most plants, I wanted to create a visual method of memorising the elements, these artworks have come out of this process. Last year I was invited to exhibit some works at the Ladyfest Brussels [March 18th 2016], and decided to exhibit these works and create a small edition of prints available at the venue for the duration of the festival, and I now have a small number of these prints available in my shop, please click here to view the series.
I am still within the relatively early stages of this project, I intend for this project to become a printed book within the next year or so. If you are interested in finding out more details about the book production – please email Alice via the contact page, and ask to subscribe to the newsletters, which are sent quarterly.