Quotes by Judy Chicago from her book “The Dinner Party: From Creation to Preservation”, Merrell Publishers Limited, 2007.
“….although largely unknown, women had made many significant contributions to history. I felt compelled to try to educate a broad and diverse audience about this rich heritage” (page 10).
“…I was deeply engrossed in trying to merge the butterfly image with a vulval or vaginal form…to universalize from this form…of what it has meant to be a woman- historically, experientially, and philosophically. In addition, I wanted to challenge the prevalence of phallic forms in our society” (page 12).
“Our motivation was….changing history, which is absolutely thrilling.” (page 14).
The figures selected “From Prehistory to Rome…Primordial Goddess, Fertile Goddess, Ishtar, Kali, Snake Goddess, Sophia, Amazon, Hatshepsut, Judith, Sappho, Aspasia, Boadicea, Hypatia” (page 33).
The figures selected “From Christianity to Reformation…Marcella, St. Bridget, Theodora, Hrosvitha, Trotula, Eleanor of Aquintaine, Hildegard of Bingen, Petronilla de Meath, Christine de Pisan, Isabella d’Este, Elizabeth R, Artemisia Gentileschi, Anna van Schurman” (page 91).
The figures selected “From the American Revolution to the Women’s Revolution…Anne Hutchinson, Sacajawea, Caroline Herschel, Mary Wollstonecraft, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Blackwell, Emily Dickinson, Ethyl Smyth, Margaret Sanger, Natalie Barney, Virginia Wolf, Georgia O’Keeffe” (page167).
Judy’s words above describe why I believe she resonates with BraveHeart Women.
My passion for Judy Chicago and her work started when I read her autobiography “Through the Flower: My Struggle as a Woman Artist”. I was impressed how throughout her career she continuously created collaborative groups. I waited several years for the Brooklyn Museum to open its permanent exhibit of “The Dinner Party” before I was able to visit. What a visceral, mind blowing experience it was for me!
How many of those 39 female names listed are you familiar with? A few like Emily Dickinson and Georgia O’Keefe were part of my growing up, but most were never mentioned. As part of my global purpose I feel called to share in remembering and honoring our trailblazing female ancestors!