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The Helen Chadwick Collection

Helen Chadwick was born in Croydon London in 1953. She attended Brighton Polytechnic from 1973 to 1976 and Chelsea School of Art from 1976 to 1977. Unfortunately, she died on the 15th March 1996 as a result of a viral infection.

 

Due to earlier works she was often identified as a feminist, using and questioning the role of the female body image and of women in society. Chadwick attempted to deal with the concepts of desire, pleasure and the whole human experience. From the 1970’s to late 1980’s she often represented herself in her works, even using her own body cells. She used science, anatomy, mythology, to question conventional ideas about gender and sexuality.

 

Her works consisted of photographs, sculptures and installations, using unconventional materials such as lambs tongues, furs, flowers, meat, chocolate, household cleaning fluids, hair-gel, and urine. For example, Piss Flowers 1991-92, is one of her most famous works. Her work often presented the contrast between organic and man-made.

 

Mundo-Positive 1992-1994 was a series of works by artists including Helen Chadwick all expressing concern about AIDS. They used unusual full-colour images to make people more aware of AIDS and marketed them through inclusion with record releases and publications.  Chadwick became interested in the connection between daisies and HIV while resident at Kew Gardens, London. Tropical plants and daisy leaves contain chemicals that help prevent the production of HIV. This discovery was made by Microbiologists Eileen Leis and Steve Dealler. Chadwick developed the screen – print entitled Coitus from this fascination with daisies and her concern of Aids.

  

By Joan Heron, student from the BA (hons) contemporary Fine Art, Hull School of Art and Design 2009.

 

The Helen Chadwick Collection includes:

'Coitus' 1993

‘Untitled (Cock – Roach)’ (undated)

Phallogocentricos’ (1995)

‘Font Fuck’ (1992)

Anatoli (1992 - 1995) 

 




 
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