Monster Chetwynd is a British artist whose practice intertwines performance, sculpture, painting, installation, and video. In both her live performances and videos, she harnesses elements of street spectacle and folk drama, ancient ritual and pop culture. Featuring handmade costumes and props, her spontaneous performances often involve fluid troupes of friends and relatives. Chetwynd read Social Anthropology before studying art at the Slade and the RCA. She has performed and exhibited internationally, and was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2012 (for Odd Man Out at Sadie Coles, restaged at Tate Britain in 2012-13).
Performances (several of them the basis for video works) include The Green Room, Nottingham Contemporary (2014); Home Made Tasers, New Museum, New York (2011-12); and A Tax Haven Run By Women, Frieze Projects, London (2010). Hermitos Children, the pilot episode (2008) was included in the 2009 Tate Triennial, Altermodern, and is now in the Tate Collection. In early 2014, she had a major exhibition at Nottingham Contemporary. This October, her feature-length film Hermitos Children 2 was premiered at Studio Voltaire, London.