Chadwick, Helen (1953–1996)

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Chadwick, Helen (1953–1996)

English artist. Born May 18, 1953, in Croydon, Surrey, London, England; died suddenly at 42 of heart failure, Mar 15, 1996, in England; attended Brighton Polytechnic, 1973–76, and Chelsea School of Art, 1976–77; m. David Notarius.

One of modern art's most provocative and inspirational figures and one of the most important British artists of late 1980s–90s, worked as lecturer at Chelsea School of Art and at Royal College; a feminist, addressed the roles and images of women in society in many works such as In the Kitchen (1977); worked in many disciplines, including mixed media installation and performance art, but used photography as a primary tool; held many acclaimed shows, including exhibitions at ICA (1986) and Serpentine (1994); was one of 1st women to be short-listed for the Turner Prize (1987). Work includes Ego Geometria Sum (1983), Ecce (1987), Viral Landscapes (1988–89), Meat Abstracts (1989), Loop My Loop (1989), Self Portrait (1991), Piss Flowers (1991–92), Cacao (1994) and Stilled Lives (1993).