Purdue Poppies

Dried remains of poppy flowers and stems, suture needles with polypropylene thread, sisal rope, iron nail.

41 x 9.5 x 1 inches

A piece about the Opioid Crisis, temptation, addiction, healing, relapsing, overdosing...

The Sackler family, owners of Purdue Pharma, brought about and continue to profit from this crisis by intentionally and relentlessly misrepresenting the dangers and effects of their drug OxyContin. The consequences for the Sacklers have been nominal. Many people know the family only as patrons of the arts with many museum buildings to their name.

It is only fitting for the suture needles to resemble fishing hooks.

Allison Arkush