Work of the Week | Helen Chadwick, In the Kitchen, 1977

1 March 2021

📸 Helen Chadwick, In the Kitchen, 1977 (detail). Copyright the Estate of the Artist. Courtesy Zabludowicz Collection, and Richard Saltoun Gallery, London.
📸 Helen Chadwick, In the Kitchen, 1977 (detail). Copyright the Estate of the Artist. Courtesy Zabludowicz Collection, and Richard Saltoun Gallery, London.

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Considered seminal in the history of feminist art, Helen Chadwick’s ‘In the Kitchen’ is our Work Of The Week, marking the first day of Womens History Month.

British conceptual artist, Helen Chadwick originally conceived this work as a performance during her MA at Chelsea College of Art, London in 1977. Chadwick, along with three other performers confronted and satirised the stereotype of women as domestic goddesses or housewives by dressing up as ‘gendered’ kitchen appliances. 'In the Kitchen’ is a series of 12 posthumous prints depicting the artist dressed in the four costumes (a washing machine, oven, fridge and sink), all made from metal wire covered in PVC.

Did you know in 1987 Helen Chadwick became one of the first female artists to be nominated for the Turner Prize?

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