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Botanical studies: Belladonna (Atropa belladonna)

Painting of plant with eye and mouth sticking out its tongue 2019. Acrylic and metallic paint on canvas. 35cm x 25cm x 2cm

The series Botanical Studies are paintings of medicinal plants that could be used to treat the emotional symptoms created by political problems such as historical lack of equality or opportunities.
Belladonna has long been used as poison, medicine and cosmetic. The name derives from “bella donna” beautiful woman in Italian, because women used it during the Renaissance to dilate their pupils and appear more seductive. In the Middle ages is was used as an anaesthetic for surgery, and the Romans used it to poison the tip of arrows.
So Belladonna can be used to poison your enemies or seduce them.