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Reading. Through The Flower.

It’s been a bit since I’ve shared what I’m reading with you!  I just finished Judy Chicago’s Through The Flower and wanted to share some quick thoughts I took from her early experiences as a female artist.


If you see a need, fill it.


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Frustrated with the patriarchal structure of the art world, in 1970 Chicago took a faculty position with Fresno State College to teach a women-only art program.  The groundbreaking Feminist Art Program provided female artists a platform for creating artwork specific to their experiences as women.  

Know the past to find the future.


the dinner party, 1974-1979

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For several years, Chicago immersed herself in the study of other female artists working in abstraction.  There is truly nothing new under the sun, but looking back at how other women created and functioned in the male dominated world (both the art world and the world at large) helped give the artist the confidence and commitment to create her own visual language and tradition.

Be true to you.


queen victoria, 1972

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In her early years, Chicago heard a professor tell her class that women had made no contributions to art history.  This, along with a sense of equality and justice instilled by her father, propelled her to work tirelessly not only to become an important artist but to become an important, inherently feminine artist.  Chicago’s style of feminism is very direct, while the work of other female artists can be more subtle.  

As an artist, I find myself feeling like I should be making important statements with my work.  But as a person, I’ve never been one for overt statements, though I have definite opinions.  Over time, Chicago found her voice.  I hope to do the same.

Top image by me.  Other image sources linked above.


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