Monster Chetwynd

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BornMonster Chetwynd_header_cell_0_1_0 Alalia Chetwynd

1973 (age 46–47)Monster Chetwynd_cell_0_1_1

NationalityMonster Chetwynd_header_cell_0_2_0 BritishMonster Chetwynd_cell_0_2_1
Other namesMonster Chetwynd_header_cell_0_3_0 Alalia Chetwynd (Christened as)

Lali Chetwynd (raised as)

Spartacus Chetwynd (2006 to September 2013)

Marvin Gaye Chetwynd (September 2013 to April 2018)


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Monster Chetwynd (born Alalia Chetwynd, 1973, best known as Spartacus Chetwynd and Marvin Gaye Chetwynd) is a British artist known for reworkings of iconic moments from cultural history in improvised performances. Monster Chetwynd_sentence_0

In 2012, she was nominated for the Turner Prize. Monster Chetwynd_sentence_1

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Chetwynd, who was christened Alalia Chetwynd, is the daughter of Luciana Arrighi, an Oscar-winning production designer, and Rupert Chetwynd, a former soldier, author and aid worker in Afghanistan, who is a cousin of Viscount Chetwynd. Monster Chetwynd_sentence_2

Chetwynd studied anthropology at University College London (UCL) before training as a painter at UCL's Slade School of Fine Art and the Royal College of Art. Monster Chetwynd_sentence_3

She adopted the name Spartacus Chetwynd in 2006. Monster Chetwynd_sentence_4

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Chetwynd’s practice combines performance, sculpture, painting, installation and video. Monster Chetwynd_sentence_5

Her performances and videos harness elements of folk plays, street spectacles, literature and multiple other genres. Monster Chetwynd_sentence_6

They generally employ troupes of performers – friends and relatives of the artist – and feature handmade costumes and props. Monster Chetwynd_sentence_7

For over a decade, she has also worked on an extensive series of paintings collectively titled Bat Opera. Monster Chetwynd_sentence_8

Participating in New Contemporaries in 2004, she was shortlisted for the Beck's Futures prize in 2005. Monster Chetwynd_sentence_9

Her contribution to the 2006 Tate Triennial was The Fall of Man, a puppet-play based on The Book of Genesis, Paradise Lost and The German Ideology. Monster Chetwynd_sentence_10

In 2009 her work Hermitos Children was included in "Altermodern", the fourth Tate Triennial. Monster Chetwynd_sentence_11

The filmed performance was summarised by Adrian Searle as, "The young woman who rode to her own death on the dildo see-saw at the Sugar-Tits Doom Club," and described by Richard Dorment as, "Silly beyond words and teetered at times on the edge of porn – but once you start looking at it I defy you to tear yourself away." Monster Chetwynd_sentence_12

Hermitos Children 2 was premiered in 2014 at Studio Voltaire, London, and Hermitos Children 3 is currently in production. Monster Chetwynd_sentence_13

Recent performances include ‘The King Must Die’, Edinburgh Art Festival (2015); ‘Listen Up!’, Studio Voltaire, London (2014); and ‘The Green Room’, Nottingham Contemporary, UK (2014). Monster Chetwynd_sentence_14

Characterised as reworking iconic moments from cultural history, Chetwynd's performances and installations translate and adapt her source materials (whether The Canterbury Tales, Doris Lessing’s novel The Grass is Singing or the character of the Cat Bus from Hayao Miyazaki’s cartoon My Neighbor Totoro) into a distinctive style, marked by improvisation and spontaneity. Monster Chetwynd_sentence_15

Her works are held in the Saatchi Gallery, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Zürich, the Tate, the British Council collection., the Arts Council Collection, Le Corsortium Dijon, Museum De Pont Tilburg, and New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester. Monster Chetwynd_sentence_16

See also Monster Chetwynd_section_2

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