Monster Chetwynd is known for tackling urgent global issues through a celebratory approach with exuberant and fun performative pieces. Featuring handmade costumes, props and sets, Chetwynd creates joyful outfits and mise-en-scène that often cross the boundaries onto gallery walls.
This exhibition focuses on moths: a species she continues to champion and highlight in her work as well as being one which is redolent with art historical allegory. A film work, featuring local moth experts and children, and shot by artists including Margaret Salmon, is available to view in the crypt throughout the exhibition dates.
Inside the house, the dialogue between the work and the neo-gothic fantasy of Mount Stuart's interiors continues with sculptural works and works on paper displayed in conversation with the decorative ceiling, mural and panels of the Family Bedroom.
Inherent to Monster's practice is an aesthetic of recycling materials and as part of Moths she has re-purposed an existing work, Folding House (2011) into a Moth Hub. The Moth Hub will give focus to Mount Stuart’s ongoing relationship with volunteers at Bute Museum & Natural History Society, who use the grounds for regular moth counts, contributing information to the National Moth Recording Scheme.
Image: Credit: © Monster Chetwynd. Courtesy Mount Stuart Trust, Isle of Bute, and Sadie Coles HQ, London. Photo: Keith Hunter
Mount Stuart, Mount Stuart, Isle of Bute, PA20 9LR,