Lead Me Not Into Temptation | Artist’s solo show at Block 336.
Jane Hayes Greenwood’s paintings from ‘The Witch’s Garden’ series, feature dreamlike plants. The paintings draw on personal experience and the histories of women, looking specifically at how medicinal plants have been used in relation to the fertile body. Exploring desire, control and magical thinking, the works make use of an idiosyncratic symbolism, referencing varied sources such as herbal fertility guides, illuminated manuscripts, botanical illustration and anatomical diagrams. The painted plants act as potential ingredients for love potions or spells, or appear as characters, simultaneously revealing and concealing their secret powers.