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Title: Helen Chadwick : a critical catalogue raisonné
Author: O'Dwyer, Leonie
Awarding Body: University of Leeds
Current Institution: University of Leeds
Date of Award: 2012
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This thesis presents a 'critical catalogue raisonne' of Helen Chadwick's oeuvre created over two decades between the mid•i970s and her death in 1996 and is the defined outcome a collaborative research project based on the artist's archive deposited at the Henry Moore Institute. The thesis examines the significance of the archive, and of the role of archiving. as part of Chadwick's self-critical art practice, and in the historical construction of the artist Helen Chadwick, in now being available as a research resource. Analytical readings of two early works provide an example of how the archive can be used in writing a history of Chadwick's practice and how it opens different ways of knowing the artist. The studies of the installations Domestic Sanitation (1973~76) and Ego Geometria Sum (1982~84) reveal the evolution of self-reflexive, Research-led practices that extend the concept of a finite artwork. Chadwick's focus on the body and the politics of embodiment are explored through analysis of preparatory material, intermediary works and her documentation of performative practices in the process of researching and creating the works. The final staging of the works as complex installations is also examined in detail. The catalogue raisonne in volume two provides a fully researched chronological timeline of Chadwick's oeuvre with two extended entries or 'dossiers' relating to the works featured in the case studies. These chart the evolution of each project, through the. presentation of archive material in order to further illuminate the processes of research and realisation
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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