Judy Chicago: Birth Hood

Continuing to prioritize craftsmanship and materials after graduate school, Chicago enrolled (and was the only woman) in an auto-body-painting class. She saw the spray-gun acrylic technique as a way to fuse color and surface and make works that were part painting and part object. In Birth Hood, Chicago brought together the biomorphic imagery criticized by her professors as being too feminine with the masculine symbolism of the car hood. Her interest in mastering nontraditional mediums has continued throughout her career.