Fact No. 353. (Published on 2/8/2006)

Judith Schaechter

Judith Schaechter"Judith Schaechter's stained glass narratives are a paradoxical assemblage of medieval depictions, mediated by contemporary tales of human failings. Hers is a demented carnival world, made claustrophobic by dizzying arrays of texture, obsessive detail and intense color.

"Schaechter's work is gut wrenchingly beautiful. 'Beauty' says the artist, 'is considered the most horrible crime you can commit in the modern art world. People are suspicious of anything that makes them feel as though they may loose control. Beauty forces you to confront your helplessness as well as your dark side. My work is not intended to make comfortable people unhappy, although it may make unhappy people comfortable.'"

- from the artist's biography at Claire Oliver

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