Hitch Your Wagon to a Star - Judy Chicago - Jessica Silverman Gallery
Hitch Your Wagon to a Star
Painting, applique, embroidery, and quilting on portrait linen
58 3/4 x 58 3/4 x 2 1/2 inches / 149.2 x 149.2 x 6.3 cm
Ralph Waldo Emerson’s phrase “Hitch Your Wagon to a Star” instructs the reader to aim high and aspire to greatness. Chicago, whose ambition is formidable, appropriated the motivating phrase for “Resolutions,” a series in which she elevates a wide variety of craft techniques, including embroidery, applique, quilting, beading, macrame, and smocking, by combining them with painting.
A feminist minimalist in the 1960s, Chicago had become a politicized Pop artist by the 1990s. Drawing from folk instead of mass culture in the manner of Marisol rather than Warhol, Chicago experiments with unusual combinations of pictures, texts, and symbols. In Hitch Your Wagon to A Star (2000), the repeated five-point star and the linear rainbow sunburst reinterpret the stars and stripes.