Curse or Cure?
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‘Curse or Cure?’ is an outdoor art installation created for Chelsea Physic Garden by ceramic artist Nici Ruggiero. The installation has been designed in two parts, the first is a trail of fifteen inscribed apothecary jars displayed on metal stakes amongst the plants. These lead to a wall installation of a further twenty one illustrative jars.
The trail and installation highlight the early chemists and the source of many of their medicines – plants. Nici has used a tin-glaze which references the jars used by early alchemists and herbalists, it was also used for the 18th Century apothecary jars in the Victor Hoffbrand collection, housed at the Royal College of Physicians.
As well as featuring illustrative designs of plants used in medicine and alchemy, Nici has incorporated recipes for remedies, drawn from Culpeper’s 17th Century Complete Herbal and Martha Bradley’s The British Housewife (1756).
For more information visit Nici’s website.