Chadwick began the High Wind series in 1980 with Maquette I High Wind and by the time he conceived the present work he had thoroughly refined his model. The series centered on capturing motion and a sense of invisible forces, both recurrent themes throughout his oeuvre. As Dennis Farr and Eva Chadwick note in their catalogue raisonné on the artist, "Chadwick has always been intrigued by movement, either actual or implied, in his sculpture. From his early mobiles to his dancing Teddy Boy and Girl series of the 1950s to his cloaked walking women with windswept hair of the 1980s, he has explored figures in motion. Sometimes their cloaks and draperies flow out in the wind from behind them, or are caught by a gust and wrap themselves around the figures" (Dennis Farr & Eva Chadwick, op. cit., p. 15).
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