Phallogocentricos results from Chadwick’s 1995 body of work, Cameo Series, Cyclops. It shows a malformed human fetus with a single ‘eye’ at the centre of a vortex. Phallogocentrism is a word / term coined by Jacques Derrida which is defined as relating to or reflecting a perspective that is predominantly or exclusively male (phallic). The concentric circles of the work funnel into an abstracted image of a mouth beneath an opening (the vagina) and a protruding phallic form (the penis). The penis is above the vaginal opening; literally the privileging of the male above the female in literary and verbal discourse (signified by the lips).
To create this piece Chadwick worked at the Royal College of Surgeons, London, selecting and photographing pickled human and animal specimens from the college’s collection.
Leonie O'Dwyer, Helen Chadwick: a critical catalogue raisonné, Leeds
2012 (illustrated in colour, no. 172).