Pharmacopia at The British Museum

I have previously been fascinated by the work of Susie Freeman and today have finally been able to see some of her work at The British Museum.

Pharmacopia is a project that explores our modern dependency on medication to prolong and extend our lives.

The piece at The British Museum consists of two lengths of Susie Freemans signature knitted pockets. These lengths contain a visualization of a lifetimes medicines taken by a man and a woman during stages of their lives. Starting with vitamin K injections at birth through to heart medication.

 

   
  
 

Seeing the whole piece together is both fascinating and stunning. There are many stages we will all recognised in our own lives or the lives of loved ones. Contraceptives, pain killers, asthma medication, antibiotics….

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