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.

  • title:
    Self-Portrait
  • accession number:
    GMA 4096
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  • materials:
    Photographic transparency, glass, aluminium frame and electric lights
  • date created:
    1991
  • measurements:
    50.90 x 44.60 x 11.80 cm
  • credit line:
    Gift from the Contemporary Art Society through the Henry Moore Foundation 1996
  • copyright:
    © The Estate of Helen Chadwick, Courtesy Richard Saltoun Gallery
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

Helen Chadwick

Helen Chadwick