Judy Chicago

Earth Birth, 1985
Serigraph on black Arches paper

Paper Dimensions:
30 x 40 inches
(76.2 x 101.6 cm)
Image Dimensions:
18 x 35 inches
(45.7 x 88.9 cm)

Edition 28 of 75, 8 APs, 6 Publisher's Proof, 5 Roman
Less than 10 remaining in the edition

Signed “Judy Chicago 1985” bottom right

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In Earth Birth, Chicago rejects the metaphorical obsession with light in images of the Christ Child. Here, there is a luminosity, but a dark and earth toned one as the female body once again becomes a part of the landscape and her vulva occupies the center of the composition. The female figure is rapt with pain and ecstasy. As Chicago wrote, “The moment of birth seemed a momentous one—an existential event, if you will—one in which the female is faced with one of life’s greatest challenges: the bringing into being of another human life with all its attendant agony, triumph, and bliss.”

Printed at Unified Arts, Albuquerque, NM

Print based on The Birth Project tapestry EU-22 Earth Birth, 1983 (Collection of Longlati Foundation, China)