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Helen Chadwick



"One Flesh" 1985
 Often described as visceral, Helen Chadwick’s works address what it is to be human; often commenting on universal existence, gender differences, and her work is organic and fluid. Her photos and sculptures are thought provoking, while simultaneously being merely decorative; they can be experienced on a completely aesthetic level. Photocopies of her naked body twisted into erratic, yet beautifully absurd shapes, lie under golden spheres in 'The Oval Court', as though she is questioning her personal spirituality, becoming her own zodiac or God.

She strongly associates her work with the ideas of the nature of desire co-existing with repulsion. Uniting these ideas in 'Piss Flowers', where bronze casts were made from the cavities in the snow in which she and her boyfriend had urinated, equally beautiful and disgusting. She explores the themes of human existence and the relationship she has with her own body in a playful manner, whilst occasionally addressing the roles of women in society without becoming too politicised.