Paracetamol

Para-acetylaminophenolI fell ill and was treated with paracetamol, trimethoprim (no good), co-amoxiclav (correction), and ibuprofen. While I was ill I started making iconographic sketches representing the spirits of these medicines and some other themes.

In the rainforest, people treat themselves when ill by communicating with plant spirits, and when using western medicine, they also meet the spirits of the tablets, who wear white coats and are ‘very powerful’.

I researched each medicine (mostly on wikipedia but also medicine websites like Boots and the NHS) and discovered some interesting things, like the fact that paracetamol can kill you even if you only take a little bit too much each day for  week, and that it is deadly poisonous to cats in tiny quantities.

From these facts I invented little signs and things to go on the picture.