Helen Chadwick

Wreaths to Pleasure

British artist Helen Chadwick was known for her innovative photography and installations. Her death in 1996 cut short a brilliant career, but her influence still resonates with the work of the YBA and other contemporary artists.

Published on the occasion of Helen Chadwick: Bad Blooms at Richard Saltoun Gallery, London 14 October – 28 November 2014, this volume re-examines perhaps her most iconic series, Wreaths to Pleasure 1992 – 93. Consisting of 13 colour photographs of organic matter within household fluids, each is set within its own uniquely coloured steel frame.

Illustrated in full colour, the Wreaths to Pleasure group is accompanied by historical and posthumous installation images. A survey text by Sophie Raikes describes the inspiration, process, and creation of the Wreaths to Pleasure, alongside a foreword by David Notarius and Marina Warner’s funerary speech.

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