MARÍA TERESA CHADWICK IRARRÁZAVAL
Chilean artist (b.1990) with a general focus on sustainability and promoting Latin American art and culture abroad. Tere Chad graduated in 2020 with an MA in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art, London, having previously graduated in 2018 with na MA in Art and Science from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. She has held seven solo exhibitions, has completed four residencies and has participated in more than 40 collective exhibitions in four different continents.
Part of her series ‘Calling Back’ has recently been acquired by Nelimarkka-Foundation, Finland. In 2020 she was granted a Global Talent Visa for Exceptional Promise to enable her to continue developing her practice in the UK, and in 2021 she was accepted as a member of the Royal Society of Sculptors. Her latest projects include: include: ’Platinum Jubilee Collection’, Civic Gallery, Kensington Town Hall, London (2022); ’Abrazo Entramado’ (Woven Hug), a participatory installation for a public space, developed in collaboration with Cordelia Rizzo at the Cultural Lab LABNL Lab Cultural Ciudadano, Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico (2022); ‘Neo Norte 3.0’,(New North), Myymälä2 Gallery, Helsinki (2021); ‘Phantom_step’, Projectraum Kurt-Kurt, Berlin (2021); ‘Last Sunset / New Sunrise’, Alter Us Exhibition, St. John on Bethnal Green Church, London (2021); ‘Reconnecting’, Sustainability First Exhibition, Bermondsey Project Space, London (2021); ‘Space Lapse: RCA 2020’, display of ‘Are We Sinking?’ on the front terrace of the Royal Society of Sculptors, London (2021); ‘Primeiras Vezes’, Na Esquina, Lisbon (2020).
<< Human inconsistencies have always intrigued me. It fascinates me how man is the only sentient being capable of studying his inconsistencies. My multidisciplinary practice is inspired by our everchanging reality. I go through life as a flâneur, trying to understand human behaviour and which paradigms rule our society. I tend to expose and contrast past civilisations with current phenomena in a theatrical way. I often feel that we are all acting in the same play as, however much fashion and technology may change, human nature always remains the same. Storytelling becomes an essential part of how I construct different narratives, where the language could be defined as naïve, dynamic and ironic. I attempt to manifest how technology is presented as a double-edged sword, on the one hand offering considerable ease and convenience but, on the other, alienating us from our natural instincts. In this spectacular society, driven by media sensationalism, we live in an ephemeral, disconnected state where we have difficulty distinguishing reality from virtual reality or fake news. I strongly believe, therefore, that it is of fundamental importance to reassess our haptic sensitivity and capacity to connect through our sense of touch. My artwork is very tactile, involving at times the collaboration of other artists or the viewer, as I envisage that the only path to face the Anthropocene challenge is by to root ourselves back in the Earth. >>
10 prints from the ‘Calling Back’ series were acquired by Nelimarkka-Foundation, Finland, 2021 (Printmaking)
Shortlisted, ‘Sustainability First Art Prize’, London, UK, 2020 (Outdoor Sculpture)
New Member of the Royal Society of Sculptors, 2021 (Sculpture)
Winner of ‘Tagsmart Open Call’, London, UK, 2018 (Painting)
Granted ‘Global Talent Visa’, Exceptional Promise to continue developing practice in the United Kingdom, 2020 (artistic practice)
Award nomination ‘Clifford Chance Purchase Prize’, London, UK, 2018 (printmaking)