About this artwork

Self-Portrait is from the Meat Lamps series of works. A photographic transparency is mounted on a glass plate and lit from behind by an electric light. The piece is simultaneously fascinating and repulsive. Cradled carefully in the artist's hands, the shapes of the brain are echoed by the folds of material. The work is a kind of collective self-portrait. Regardless of gender, age or race, everybody's brain looks the same. When we look at the work, our brain is effectively looking at itself, a potentially unsettling experience given that the brain is at the core of our identity.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
    Helen ChadwickEnglish (1953 - 1996)
  • title:
    Self-Portrait
  • date created:
    1991
  • materials:
    Photographic transparency, glass, aluminium frame and electric lights
  • measurements:
    50.90 x 44.60 x 11.80 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Gift from the Contemporary Art Society through the Henry Moore Foundation 1996
  • accession number:
    GMA 4096
  • gallery:
  • subject:
  • artwork photographed by:
    Antonia Reeve
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Helen Chadwick

Helen Chadwick