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Helen Chadwick (1953-1996)

Helen Chadwick

British conceptual artist Helen CHADWICK embraced the sensuous aspects of the natural world, breaking taboos of the ‘normal’ and ‘traditional’ in art historical pedagogy. Considered a ‘mother’ to the YBAs through her teaching posts at the Royal College of Art, Chelsea School of Art and the London Institute, her experiments with material were innovative and unconventional and captured a world in a state of flux. Piss Flowers (1991-92), in which she cast the interior spaces left in the snow by warm urine, are at once as repulsing as they are beautiful, and it this combination that typifies Chadwick’s work: aesthetic beauty created out of an alliance of unconventional, often vile, materials.

Chadwick was one of the first women artists to be nominated for the Turner Prize in 1987. http://www.ftn-books.com has the scarce Torch/Onrusta announcement for her Koln exhibition available.

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