Monday, February 18, 2013

Judy Chicago - Power Play Series

Judy Chicago was born in Chicago on July 20, 1939. She considers herself an "artist, author, feminist, and educator" and has had her books published in foreign editions because of the fact that she exhibits her work all over the world such as Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.

Her Power Play series was created from 1982-87 and took on the role of a criticizing feminine standpoint on masculinity. The series consisted of drawings, paintings, weavings, cast paper and bronze relief. They are confrontational pieces that force the viewer to realize the issues of power and powerlessness that she is trying to get across between the male and female genders. Some of the pieces involve objects like guns or sexual dominance or abuse, but mainly they are faces of men portraying different emotions. The emotions are mostly anger, weeping, or a struggle for power.
She does a lot of disfigured male faces, and the way Chicago portrays them is very unpleasant, obviously stating in her work that she is a feminist artist.

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