Turner Prize Nominee ‘Spartacus’ Lives In Nudist Commune
The Turner Prize nominees are heading into the business end of things, with the Tate Britain’s Turner exhibition opening in London tomorrow (October 2, 2012). One of those nominees - performance artist Spartacus Chetwynd – has seen her odds for the £25,000 prize slashed to just 7/2.
Spartacus, whose pieces include several men dressed as root vegetables, lives in a “rented nudist commune” near Nunhead, south-east London. Her past work has includes pieces inspired by Star Wars’ villain Jabba the Hutt, Planet of the Apes, and the late pop superstar Michael Jackson.
Though her art may well be described as unconventional, Chetwynd insists she believes in hard work and discipline, telling the Evening Standard, “I do believe in rules. They allow you to be free…If you don’t have a home, you don’t have a car and you don’t have savings or any other form of security it’s fantastic to have a marriage. It makes you feel like you’ve got an anchor. Why not take advantage of the conventional things that are brilliant?”
Though Chetwynd is considering a dark-horse for the competition; rival Paul Noble is still the overwhelming favourite. The 48 year-old, from London, creates extremely detailed drawings of a fictional metropolis named Nobson Newton. Elsewhere, Glaswegian Luke Fowler’s film explores the 1960’s celebrity psychiatrist RD Laing, while Elizabeth Price presents a film featuring clips of girl bands spliced with footage from a 1979 fire at the Manchester branch of Woolworths, which killed 10 people.
The winner of the prize will be announced on December 3,2012. The Turner Prize exhibition runs until January 6, 2012.