Monster Chetwynd (f.k.a. Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Spartacus Chetwynd) was born in London and lives and works in Glasgow. She completed a BA in Social Anthropology and History, UCL, London (1995), followed by a BA in Fine Art, Slade School of Art/UCL, London (2000) and an MA Painting, Royal College of Art, London (2004). In 2012 she was nominated for the Turner Prize. Recent solo exhibitions and major performances include those at Nottingham Contemporary, 2014; The Monteverdi Gallery, Castiglioncello del Trinoro, Monteverdi, Italy, 2013; Home Made Tasers, Studio 231, New Museum, New York, 2011–2012 and Odd Man Out, Sadie Coles, London, 2011. Her work has featured in numerous group exhibitions, including L'Almanach 14, Le Consortium, Dijon, France, 2014; Performance Now: The First Decade of the New Century, curated by Rose Lee Goldberg, various venues, USA, 2012–2014; Göteborg, International Biennial for Contemporary Art, Göteborg, Sweden (2013); Performa 13, New York (2013); Aquatopia, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, UK; Tate St Ives, St Ives, UK, 2013; Turner Prize, Tate Britain, London, 2012; Topsyturvy, de Appel, Amsterdam, 2012; British Art Show 7: In the Days of the Comet, various venues, UK, 2010–2011. Later in 2014 Chetwynd will stage major solo presentations at Studio Voltaire, London; the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, and Tadeusz Kantor CRICOTEKA, Kraków, Poland, 2014.
Text courtesy Sadie Coles HQ.
'Monster Chetwynd’s Gorgon’s Head Playground is inspired by the heads of Medusa that were discovered in the city’s sixth-century Basilica Cistern,' a project statement says. Slides modelled on snakes will form part of the new playground. The ambitious children’s project, made in collaboration with local artists, will also pay 'tribute to the...
Monster Chetwynd’s imagination takes over Villa Arson in an outpouring of creativity on the walls, ceilings or floor. A sound atmosphere and colourful lighting support this punk and humorous production. The artist adds an ecological claim through a strong relationship with poor, light, easily transportable materials.
The artist Monster Chetwynd, 45, brings an odd bit of seasonal cheer to London this winter with two giant luminous slugs slithering around the main entrance of Tate Britain.
Most recently, the artist designed the Christmas decorations at the Tate Britain, currently on display, installing two large and illuminated sculptures of slugs outside of the museum. The sculptures are made of recyclable hessian and wicker, each slug over 10 metres long and accompanied by trails of blue and white LED lights across the building’s...
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