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Greetings card

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    late 20th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Chadwick, Helen, born 1953 - died 1996 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Photocopy on paper with staples and silk ribbon

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mark Haworth-Booth

  • Museum number:

    E.170-2000

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case GG, shelf 221

Many artists, designers, photographers and other creative workers make their own Christmas cards for private use in which their investigations of self, gender, the body, death and the sacred may be seen in concentrated form. Helen Chadwick's abiding concern with gender and sexuality is given a playfully subversive twist in this image. In the exuberent style of Rococco engraved ornament, a frame of ejaculating penises surrounds a radiating central vagina, which is only fully revealed when the artfully positioned ribbon is lifted.

Physical description

2 folded sheets of A4 paper, one stapled inside the other as a lining. Outer sheet marbled pale pink and cream, inner sheet deeper pink. Photocopied image of engraved ornamental cartouche composed of human genitalia on the front with coral pink satin ribbon stapled to inside front falling across the centre of the image.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

late 20th century (made)

Artist/maker

Chadwick, Helen, born 1953 - died 1996 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Photocopy on paper with staples and silk ribbon

Marks and inscriptions

Mark & Chris / Seasons Greetings / with love / Helen / x
Inside, hand-written in black ink

Dimensions

Height: 21.1 cm, Width: 14.9 cm closed, Width: 19.8 cm open

Descriptive line

Christmas card by Helen Chadwick

Labels and date

Meaning
Is a greeting card anything made - be it a wooden plaque or a paper lantern - to convey a message or greeting or to mark an event or occasion? Is it a particular format - something that opens and closes, an object type - something disposable made of ephemeral materials, or a medium of communication - including performing telegrams and virtual cards sent by e-mail? Artists in various media have begun to address the greetings card phenomenon for a variety of reasons - with some intriguing results. Every Christmas, the fine art handling company, Momart, commissions an artist to create a limited edition gift which it sends out as its corporate greeting. Meanwhile, many artists, designers, photographers and other creative workers make their own Christmas cards in which their investigations of self, gender, the body, death and the sacred may be seen in concentrated form. [15-6-2000]

Production Note

Reason For Production: Private

Materials

Paper; Ribbon

Techniques

Folding; Stapling; Photocopying

Subjects depicted

Genitals; Ornament

Categories

Artists' multiples; Christmas; Prints; Greeting cards

Production Type

Limited edition

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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