Faith Medicine

The cover of Artist's Book Faith Medicine
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Faith Medicine


Creative Writing, Biology, Studio Arts


"Letterpress printed recipe cards. Laid in stiff cover with velcro closure. Contains one glass vial of an ""elixir"" of various herbs and spices in colored water. Each recipe card has an herbal recipe on one side with an associated memory of the artist's father on the other side. Jamie Weaver: ""After recently attending the Mildred Haun Conference on Appalachian Studies, I became intrigued by a presentation on traditional homemade folk remedies. This triggered childhood memories of rambling through the woods with my father on our West Virginia farm to dig ginseng and sassafras roots for making tea. Now that my father is gone, I attempt here to acquaint myself with homemade folk remedies as a way of reconstructing memories of my father and healing my grief over his untimely death. Everyone has faith in something: a higher power, the human spirit, a cure. In Faith Medicine, I wrestle with the following questions: To what extent can a remedy truly heal us? Is it less painful to hold on to memories, or to purge them from our system? I think that if something heals us, it is largely because we choose to believe that it does."" Each recipe card has an herbal recipe on one side with an associated memory of the artist's father on the other side. Recipe for Flu: Boneset (Eupatorium Perfoliatum) Use 1 1/2 tsp. dried herb (stem, leaves, and flower) for each cup of water. Steep for 15 minutes. Sweeten liberally with honey to counter the bitter taste. Drink 1/2 cup hot tea every hour, at least 5 times a day to relieve symptoms. Memory of her being with her father when she had flu like symptoms: My dad and I took a trip to Hawaii over winter break one year when I was in high school. I felt sick to my stomach after the flight, so I took some Pepto-Bismol once we checked into our hotel. I threw up the Pepto-Bismol on the floor, and the cleaning lady was mad because it was a new hotel and I'd left a bright pink stain on the carpet."


Weaver, Jamie


Jamie Weaver





"20 cards: illustrations; 23 x 15 cm.

Denison's copy is 10 of 15."





Location and Call Number

DEN Spec Coll N7433.4.W43 .F35 2012



Weaver, Jamie, “Faith Medicine,” Digital Exhibits | Denison University Archives & Special Collections, accessed April 24, 2024,