Similar to 'Like a Virgin', 'Et in Arcadia' (1995) is a photo etching, printed on marble and presented in a clam shell box, of a beetle. First emerging about 270 million years ago, beetles have been prominent in human culture throughout history, from the sacred scarabs of ancient Egypt to beetlewing art and the use as pets or fighting insects for entertainment of gambling. Closer inspection of Chadwick’s representation of the insect, however, reveals resemblance to the male penis, which is normally associated with virility and dominance. In Et in Arcadia, however, the phallus is reduced to the level of a lowly insect, conserved on a cold marble plate and stored inside a box to be opened and inspected.
Helen Chadwick: Works from the Estate, Richard Saltoun Gallery, London, 2013
Beneath the pavement, the
beach, Sotheby’s S|2 Gallery, London, UK,
2017 against Nature, Camberwell College of Arts, London, UK, 2014 Helen Chadwick: Works from the Estate, Richard Saltoun, London, UK, 2013 BookMare, Camberwell Space, London, UK, 2012 In Memoriam – Helen Chadwick, Galerie Eugen Lendl, Graz, Austria, 1996 Cabinet Pictures, Jason Rhodes Gallery, London, UK, 1995
Leonie O'Dwyer, Helen
Chadwick: a critical catalogue raisonné, Leeds 2012 (illustrated, no.
Marjorie Allthorpe-Guyton, effluvia Helen
Chadwick, London 1994 (part illustrated, inside cover).