Contextualizing the Developing Self in Helen Chadwick’s Ego Geometria Sum

Imogen Racz

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Abstract

This chapter discusses Helen Chadwick’s autobiographical work Ego Geometria Sum (1982-84) in relation to her reading of Arthur Koestler’s books The Sleepwalkers and Ghost in the Machine, the development and final display of the work, and its artistic and theoretical contexts. The chapter considers how Chadwick united universal ideas with subjective memories, and, in line with postmodernism, destabilised post-Enlightenment notions of self. The installation incorporated ten, emotionally significant objects that represented key stages in her development, onto which she developed photographic collages that conflated past with present, and depicted her performative, adult body engaging with these memory-objects. The development and significance of these and her sophisticated use of visual languages are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArt and Dance in Dialogue
Subtitle of host publicationBody, Space, Object
EditorsImogen Racz, Sarah Whatley, Marie-Louise Crawley, Katerina Paramara
PublisherPalgrave
Pages105-124
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-44085-5
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-44084-8, 978-3-030-44087-9
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Publication statusPublished - 8 Nov 2020

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Keywords

  • Helen Chadwick
  • Ego Geometria Sum
  • Koestler
  • Mathematics
  • Memory
  • Identity
  • Objects
  • Sculpture
  • Photography

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    Whatley, S. (ed.), Racz, I. (ed.), Paramana, K. (ed.) & Crawley, M-L. (ed.), 8 Nov 2020, 1 ed. Palgrave. 265 p.

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    Crawley, M-L. C., Paramana, K., Racz, I. & Whatley, S., 8 Nov 2020, (E-pub ahead of print) Art and Dance in Dialogue: Body, Space, Object. Whatley, S., Racz, I., Paramana, K. & Crawley, M-L. (eds.). 1 ed. Palgrave, p. 1-15 15 p.

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    Crawley, M-L., 8 Nov 2020, Art and Dance in Dialogue: Body, Space, Object. Whatley, S., Racz, I., Paramana, K. & Crawley, M-L. (eds.). 1 ed. Palgrave, p. 75-89 15 p.

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