Gallery Statement / Profile
Judy Chicago’s feminist work, writing, teaching and artistic practice has elevated women and their voices in the arts, and culturally as well. She celebrates through her textile work those art-making practices that are frequently misunderstood and considered craft, low art or “women’s work” by incorporating them in her examination and critique of monumental projects of global importance, such as creation and birth, human rights, personal freedom and dignity. She frequently utilizes weaving, embroidery, appliqué, quilting, beading and other textile practices in her major theme-based projects, including: The Dinner Party, Birth Project, PowerPlay, Holocaust Project and Resolutions for the Millennium: A Stitch In Time. Emphasizing participation and collaboration in the art-making practice imbues her protest-based artwork with solidarity. Chicago’s artwork is strategic with a long-term view and life-long commitment to creating and implementing change, not for only women, but for everyone who feels as though they are powerless in the face of those with power and in the category of “other”.