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Anna Williams Artist Bronze Sculpture
Cast bronze, patina
14" x 8" x 4" each
2017

Cast-bronze renderings of 16 plants at various times thought to treat mental illness and female disorders in a 4x4 grid is reminiscent of an apothecary display. Reminding the viewer how the natural world and the nuances of the female body so often find themselves ordered and pushed into the Linaean System of Classification, and hierarchy becoming medicalized through the process.

Treatments For Depression and Female Disorders

1. California Poppy Eschscholzia californica
Depression, sedative, nervous tension, insomnia, anxiety, attention deficit disorder, suppression of lactation, incontinence, neurasthenia, analgesic, antispasmodic and vascular problems

2. Sweet Orange Citrus sinensis
Depression, stress, nervous tension, lack of appetite, indigestion, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, mouth ulcers, expectorant, and bronchitis

3. Golden Root Rhodiola Rosea
Depression, anxiety, low energy, weak immune system, memory loss, weak heart and muscles

4. Kava Piper methysticum
Depression, anxiety, insomnia, muscle tension or spasm, restlessness, rheumatism, and asthma

5. Maypop Passiflora incarnata
Hysteria, anxiety, delirium tremors, insomnia, seizures, withdrawal and epilepsy

6. Saffron Crocus sativus
Depression, sedative, analgesic, reduced libido, anti-spasmodic, sweating, weak immune system, expectorant, and a carminative

7. St. John’s Wort Hypericum perforatum
Depression, premenstrual syndrome, menopause symptoms, stomach upset, fluid retention, and hemorrhoids

8. Valerian Valeriana officinalis
Sedative, anxiety, nervous disorders, stress, insomnia, cardiac palpitations, and epilepsy

9. Skullcap Scutellaria baicalensis
Hysteria, anxiety, delirium tremors, insomnia, fever, inflammation, skin infections, high cholesterol, atherosclerosis, epilepsy, withdrawal, stroke and paralysis cased by stroke

10. Hawthorn Crataegus monogyna
Anxiety, insomnia, nervous disorders, chest pain, high blood pressure, heart failure, circulation arrhythmias, atherosclerosis, edema, and cholesterol

11. Lavender Lavandula angustifolia
Depression, anxiety, stress, insomnia, restlessness, postoperative pain, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and alopecia

12. Ginkgo Ginkgo Biloba
Depression, premenstrual syndrome, reduced libido, anxiety, headaches, attention deficit disorder, concentration, deteriorating vision, reduces risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s

13. Chamomile Matricaria chamomilla
Depression, anxiety, premenstrual syndrome, insomnia, stomach ailments, muscle spasms, allergic reactions, anti-inflammatory, ulcers and skin disorders

14. Worm Wood Artemisia absinthium
Insomnia, lack of appetite, reduced libido, stomachaches, intestinal spasm, gall bladder disease, fever, worm infections, anemia, and flatulence

15. Blessed Thistle Cnicus benedictus
Insufficient breast milk, lack of appetite, indigestion, diuretic, bacterial infections, cough, fever, and diarrhea

16. Lemon Balm Melissa officinalis
Anxiety, stress, insomnia, lack of appetite, premenstrual syndrome, sedative, antiseptic, analgesic, antiviral, thyroid conditions, and indigestion