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Conceptual artist and femininist Helen Chadwick was reknowned for pairing of opposites, employing unconventional pocesses to create aesthetically beautiful works. In Piss Flowers 1991–92, Chadwick cast sculptures from interior spaces created by warm urine in snow.

The close relationship between attraction and repulsion is explored here through the use of word play. Two words, adore and abhore – antonyms or opposites for each – are mirrored typographical on the page.

Nominated for the Turner Prize in 1987 Chadwick’s work is included in the Collection of Tate, the V&A and MOMA, New York. Her influence upon a young generation of British artists was cemented through her teaching posts
at the Royal College of Art, Chelsea School of Art and the London Institute

MediumLetterpress printed form plate in purple aubergine on cream paper
Dimensions Unframed, 47 x 61 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Loan, Weltkunst Foundation, 1994
Item NumberL.1244.014 LW
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
Image Caption
Helen Chadwick, Untitled, 1994, Letterpress printed form plate in purple aubergine on cream paper, Unframed, 47 x 61 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Loan, Weltkunst Foundation, 1994

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Helen Chadwick 1953–1996

British artist Helen Chadwick studied at Brighton Polytechnic and Chelsea School of Art, London. Employing a variety of media including bronze casting, photography and digital technology, Chadwick drew on sources that ranged across science and anatomy. Chadwick was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1987. She exhibited world-wide and her work is represented in major public collections including the Tate, London; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and MoMA, New York.

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