08/15/2013 06:21 pm ET

Judy Chicago on the ImageBlog

In the Shadow of the Handgun from PowerPlay
Sprayed acrylic and oil on canvas, 9' x 12'
Collection of Elizabeth A. Sackler, New York, NY
© Judy Chicago
Photo © Donald Woodman

“When Chicago invented In the Shadow of the Handgun in which the hand takes the shape of a gun, she began with a literal depiction of a word we ordinarily use without visualizing it. This basically surrealist method led to further unconscious associations that enrich the image: the hand as a weapon, the penis as a weapon, “blowing your head off”, blowing blood into the air, creating violence and terror.”

Paula Harper, from the catalog for the exhibition PowerPlay at ACA Galleries, New York, NY.