Judy Chicago, Georgia O’Keeffe Plate #1, 1979; sculpture; china paint on ceramic, 14 7/8 in. x 14 5/8 in. x 4 3/4 in. (37.78 cm x 37.15 cm x 12.07 cm); Collection SFMOMA, Gift of Mary Ross Taylor; © Judy Chicago / Artists Rights Society (ARS) New York
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Georgia O’Keeffe may have denied the often noted similarity of her flowers to the vaginal opening, claiming it was only an interest in scale that led to the flower paintings, but Chicago in her place setting(the above)left no ambiguity. It was a new view of the female sex organ as a source of creativity and power. My thought was, “Of course, even Courbet portrayed it as the origin of it all.” I Made ceramics at the time I saw “The Dinner Party,” and found it hard to take my eyes from those amazing pieces: subtle, brilliant variations in the founding of us all, of woman and earth.
- Keith Lehrer; Art, Self and Knowledge