Through the Flower 2

Judy Chicago (American, b. 1939)
Colored pencil on paper
Sheet : 22 3/4 x 22 3/4 in. (57.78 x 57.78 cm)
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Hope College Collection
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Judy Chicago is a pioneering American artist and writer who played a fundamental role in establishing the fields of feminist art and art history. This drawing is a study for an iconic Chicago image that exists in multiple versions in paintings, drawings and prints. As Chicago has explained, the image represents the evolution of her consciousness from a version of femininity constructed by a male-dominated society to a more liberated, independent conception of what it means to be a woman. The image positions the viewer as if she is inside a flower looking out at the sky beyond. The tube-like petals that lead to the center of the image represent the stereotypical identification of women with flowers. At the same time, the petals also remind us that flowers are sexual organs and offer the promise of a birth-like passage to another state of being

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