Monster Chetwynd is known for her friendship-machine performances, featuring handmade costumes, props and sets. Chetwynd describes her work as ‘impatiently made’, often re-using cheap materials that are easy to process and to use by the many performers she invites to participate, emphasizing the notion of collective development that informs much of the artist’s work.
- Spontaneity, bottled mayhem, bonding relationships, lust for life, humour
- Bricolage, immediacy, found materials, resourceful
- Making performance and informal events, one rehearsal – if you’re lucky!
- Making art objects, paintings, collages, and films.
- Libertine Carnivalesque
Marvin Gaye Chetwynd (b. 1973, London, UK) lives in Glasgow, UK. Chetwynd’s practice intertwines performance, sculpture, painting, installation and video. Her work incorporates elements of folk plays, street spectacles, popular culture and Surrealist cinema. Her performances and videos often employ troupes of performers – friends and relatives of the artist – and feature handmade costumes and props. She has performed and exhibited internationally, and was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2012. Solo exhibitions and performances include those at CCA Glasgow (2016); Bergen Assembly, Bergen Kunsthall, Norway (2016); Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany (2016); Arts Council Collection Commission (2016); Nottingham Contemporary (2014); Studio Voltaire, London (2014); Massimo de Carlo, Milan, Italy (2014); Sadie Coles HQ, London (2014); and the New Museum, New York (2011-12). She has been involved in numerous group exhibitions, most recently: Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, Remagen, Germany (2016); Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich, Switzerland (2016); Liverpool Biennial (2016); Glasgow International (2016); Edinburgh ArtFestival (2015); the Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, Sweden (2013); and ‘Performance Now: The First Decade of the New Century’, various venues, USA (2012-14).