Judy Chicago
Garden Smoke, 2020
Set of 12 archival pigment prints on Generations
Alise Paper C1S Photo Grade-Bright White paper
Individual Paper Dimensions:
20 x 20 inches (50.8 x 50.8 cm)
Individual Image Dimensions:
16 x 16 inches (40.6 x 40.6 cm)

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Edition of 10, 4AP, 1 Trial Proof, 1 Exhibition Proof, and 2 Archive Proofs
(JuC 989)

At one point during our many months of confinement due to the COVID-19 stay-at-home order, I reflected on my early days in California when I began my Atmospheres, which were intended to soften and feminize the man-made world. My friends and I simply drove around placing colored smokes wherever I wished; in parks, on beaches, in the desert and even in the national forests—which would be unthinkable today.

Over the summer of 2020, I decided to fill our own gardens with colored smokes. I surrounded these images with words that are intended to convey the many emotions I experienced as we—like the wafting smoke—came up against during all the restrictions brought about by the coronavirus. This work allowed me to express my feelings during this period; also, to attempt to wrest some moments of beauty and gratefulness from these difficult months.

– Judy Chicago, 2021


01 Confined in the Flowers

02 Circumscribed by the Garden

03 Restrained in the Foliage

04 Entrapped by the Leaves

05 Constrained on the Ground

06 Suppressed by the Wind

07 Restricted by the Trees

08 Hindered by the Light

09 Enclosed in a Trellis

10 Limited to a Walkway

11 Impeded by a Stairway

12 Curtailed by a Fence