Judy Chicago

Guided by the Goddess, 1985
Silkscreen on Grey Rives BFK paper

Paper Dimensions:
30 x 40 inches
(76.2 x 101.6 cm)
Image Dimensions:
18 x 34 15/16
(45.7 x 88.7 cm)

Edition of 75, 8 APs, 6 PPs, 5 Roman Numbered, and 1 A.I.

Signed “Judy Chicago 1985” bottom right

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Goddess imagery was a mainstay of second wave feminism not as a way to elevate the feminine divine and matriarchal cultures, but also as a metaphor for the collective power and life-giving energy of women. In Guided by the Goddess, a series of anguished women, connected once again by Chicago’s vibrating colors and lines, find strength in the light/fluid emanating from the goddess’s breasts. This was a technical feat, requiring multiple printing methods in order to achieve the texture and high relief that Chicago required.

Printed at Unified Arts, Albuquerque, NM

Print based on The Birth Project tapestry Guided by the Goddess, 1983 (Collection of Hartford Seminary, Trinity College)