Helen ChadwickThe Labours IX 1986

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Artwork details

Artist
Helen Chadwick (1953‑1996)
Title
The Labours IX
Date 1986
MediumPhotograph, gelatin silver print on paper
Dimensionsimage: 760 x 760 mm support: 1200 x 900 mm frame: 1243 x 944 x 40 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 2002
Reference
P78665
Not on display

Summary

Ego Geometria Sum (1983-6) consists in its entirety of ten laminated plywood sculptures, their surfaces covered with photographic images, and ten accompanying photographs. Initially titled ‘Growing Pains’, it charts the artist’s development from birth to the age of thirty through ten key stages of her life. These are embodied in ten geometric sculptures based on everyday objects of nostalgic significance from her past. Shadowy photographs of Chadwick’s naked body are superimposed with photographs of the original objects and other related elements on the geometric forms. Following the mathematical structure of a spiral, the sculptures correspond to dates increasingly far apart… (read more)

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