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Botanical studies: Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)

Painting of dandelion with eye and kissing mouth 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.
Dandelion is used to treat digestive problems, problems with the joints and of the skin, amongst others.
But politically, perhaps the most interesting use is the one given in Traditional Chinese Medicine, where dandelion is used to detox the liver. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the liver is associated with anger. A weak liver will make us angry, and constant anger will weaken our liver.