A little bit of background on the Culpeper remedies used in Juliet Lockhart's exhibition. Now on Platform One.
consumes the phlegmatic superfluities in the body of man that the coldness and
moistness of winter hath left behind. …. is a safe and sure medicine to open
the pipes and passages of the lungs, which is the cause of wheezing and
shortness of breath, and helps to expectorate tough phlegm, as also to raise
the imposthumed pleurisy; and spend it by spitting; the same helps the swelling
of the almonds of the throat, the mouth and throat being gargled therewith.
...The seed of this Star Thistle made into powder, and drank in wine,
provokes urine, and helps to break the stone, and drives it forth. The root in
powder, and given in wine, and drank, is good against the plague and
pestilence: and drank in the morning fasting for some time together, it is very
profitable for a fistule in ay part of the body.
…the great comfrey helpeth those that spit blood:…the root boiled
in water or wine, and the decoction drunk, helpeth all inward hurts, bruises,
and wounds, and the ulcers of the lungs, causing the phlegm that oppresseth
them to be easily spit forth; it stayeth the defluxions of rheum from the head
upon the lungs…
Roses strengthen the heart, the stomach and the liver, and the retentive
faculty; they mitigate the pains that arise from heat, assuageinflammations, procure rest and sleep, stay both
whites and reds in women, the gonorrhea, or running of the reins, and fluxes of
the belly. The juice of them doth purge and cleanse the body from choler and
and drawings taken from Culpeper’s Herbal Remedies written by Nicholas Culpeper
(1616-1654), first published in 1814
I asked Juliet to explain the ideas and thoughts behind her work on platform 2:
"A sense of place and the myriad of stories that lie within are
paramount in my work.
The Culpeper series was made at a time when my two children and I
had to leave our home and find a new place to settle. It was not a move that any of us really
wanted. One of the hardest things to
leave were the plants that I had grown and nurtured in the garden. All the plants used in the images come from
the garden there.
At the time I was thinking about those times in our lives when we
lose our voice. Whether it is taken from
us, or we chose to lock it deep inside of ourselves or it becomes the struggle
to express what we feel, many of use experience this lose to some degree.
So I turned to Culpeper to discover what plants he used to treat all
things oral, ailments of mouth and throat.
I layered his story with mine and that of my children.
More than ten years later when I am revisiting these images I am
still wondering and working with those whose voice has been lost for whatever reason.
Much of my work is site specific and always includes story. The work either springs from a tale or
becomes the inspiration for a new telling.
Culpeper features again in these two pieces with thistles and
roses. The work also reflects my passion
for all forms of puppetry; shadows make their presence known in this tale of
betrayal, jealousy and a timely reminder that revenge is best served cold.
To find out more about Juliet and to explore more of her work visit:
The new exhibition on platform 2 is by local artist, Juliet Lockhart. Juliet is a visual artist, and her work is part written, printed, stitched, and constructed. She works in many mediums including fabric, paper, wood, metal, natural objects, and fibre. This exhibition is entitled 'Culpeper', and takes its inspiration from three elements: the 16th Century Herbalist, Nicholas Culpeper; photographs of plants Juliet has grown (which Culpeper used in the treatment of all things oral); and her children. For more information about the artist and to view more of her stunning work please see her website.http://julietlockhart.co.uk/
We hope to have a poster on Platform One shortly, which will describe some of Culpeper's remedies; specifically, those used in Juliet's work. In the meantime, we have a small poster in the cabinet, a reminder to listen to our very own local radio station 'Radio Wivenhoe', and a new show, 'Wivenhoe Women' , in which some of our WDTL contributors will be interviewed.