Birth - Judy Chicago - Jessica Silverman Gallery
Judy Chicago
Birth, 1984
Birth is a life-affirming masterpiece—a monumental textile that powerfully represents childbirth as a universal natural miracle. Its lace-like form is made from an open-stitched crochet in black cotton yarn. In this rare monochromatic composition, the interplay of positive and negative space renders birthing as a cosmic abstraction. Creation undulates from her body; galactic tides flow from the tips of her fingers and hair, setting the universe aglow. From between her legs bursts a pomegranate-like womb. Comprised of nearly one million stitches that pulsate like pixels across the rippling textile, the wall-hanging celebrates a laboring landscape and a formidable creatrix.