Fabric, latex, cardboard, paint, plastic and hessian
170 x 100 x 60 cm
Chetwynd celebrates occasions in cultural history that exemplify extremist behaviour and belief. Her work cites instances that blur genius and madness to expose the raw zeal, aspiration, and creativity of utopian vision. The Lizard, The Mole, and The Stick Insect were all made as costumes for a performance about wildlife conservation. Chetwynd’s play was inspired by Joy Adamson, author of Born Free, a true story about Elsa, an orphaned lion cub that Adamson adopted, raised, and re-habituated back into the wild. Though Adamson is acclaimed as a pioneer of conservation practice, her fervent love of animals made her unable to relate to humans: she was murdered by one of her employees who mutilated her body to make it look as if she was killed by a lion. “I started making animals because you can’t have a production about this type of person without that environment.” Chetwynd explains.