Helen Chadwick ~ In the Kitchen (1977). In her earlier work she questioned the role of the female body in art as a decorative object, just as decorative and aesthetic ideas about art themselves had been questioned in the 20th century. In the late 80s she changed saying, "I made a conscience decision not to represent my body. It immediately declares female gender and I wanted to be more deft."
The Helen Chadwick: ‘Wreaths to Pleasure’ charts the creative and practical processes of ‘Wreaths to Pleasure’ (1992-3) Each image captures a sculptural composition formed of a heady mix of substances and materials, photographed from above. Delicate flowers are suspended in transient states, poised between life and death, in a variety of organic and toxic liquids ranging from tomato juice to Windolene.