Marc Quinn and Figurative Sculpture
Sheffield's Collections: Ego Geometria Sum by Helen Chadwick
Ego Geometria Sum (Piano 9 Years)
Helen Chadwick (1953-1996) was one of the most significant British artists in the 1980-1990s. She died at the age of 42, but was a keen archivist and kept all the material she used in the research and production of her work throughout her career.
Chadwick trained at Brighton Polytechnic and Chelsea College of Art. As well as lecturing in Fine Art at the Royal College of Art, she exhibited internationally and in 1987 was one of the first women to be shortlisted for the Turner Prize.
'Ego Geometria Sum', (1982-4) is an autobiographical work in which she charted her growth from premature birth up to the age of 30 by means of geometric sculptures and photographs. The material reveals the twists and turns of Chadwick’s imagination as well as concealed meanings, which she never revealed.
The sub-title 'Piano 9 years', relates to the subject matter and her age from when she recalled this memory. She spoke of the work as “My Personal Museum”.
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