Butterfly Test Plates (Set of 5) - Judy Chicago - Jessica Silverman Gallery
Butterfly Test Plates (Set of 5)
China paint on porcelain
Each plate, 12 1/2 inches / 31.8 cm
This historically important series of five paintings on porcelain foreshadows the artist’s masterpiece The Dinner Party. Butterflies are symbols of metamorphosis, flight, and freedom. Emblematic of feminine beauty and orgasmic joy, the butterfly plates also wink wryly at Margaret Atwood’s first novel, The Edible Woman, as well as the works of other cunning linguists. At a time when art shunned ceramics and Playboy revealed all, Chicago was fearless in putting feminist erotica on the table and subverting traditional hierarchies of art and craft.