Piss Flowers
Piss Flowers
Piss Flowers
Piss Flowers
Piss Flowers

© The Estate of the Artist; Courtesy of Richard Saltoun Gallery, London. Image credit: Allan Pollok-Morris. Courtesy of Jupiter Artland

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'Piss Flowers' are a group of bronze sculptures – enamelled white to imitate plaster – that resemble flowers. The making of the sculptures however, required the strategic use of the other material invoked in their name.

During a residency at the Banff Arts Centre, Canada in 1991, Chadwick and her partner David Notarius made daily visits to snowbound locations. There they would place a flower-shaped metal mould onto a mound of snow, taking turns to urinate into it. They then poured plaster into the shapes created. From these casts, bronze versions were made and mounted onto pedestals resembling bulbs. The downward path of the hot urine through snow is inverted to form a flower reaching upwards.

'Piss Flowers' are at once repulsive as they are beautiful, and it is this combination that typifies Chadwick’s work – aesthetic beauty created out of an alliance of unconventional, often vile materials.

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Piss Flowers




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