Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Stained glass artist Judith Schaechter pushes the boundaries of the Garden of Eden

By Kristen Stipanov
The Birth of Eve by Judith Schaechter, 2013 was recently added to the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery. (©2013 Judith Schaechter. Image courtesy of Claire Oliver Gallery & the artist)
WASHINGTON, DC---Judith Schaechter, a stained glass artist from Philadelphia, has devoted her life to art with both unique style and subject matter. Most of her work, like the Renwick Gallery’s recent acquisition, "The Birth of Eve," is displayed using lightboxes, to achieve a stunning effect. “I’m not religious,” she says. Reflecting on her inspiration for the piece, Schaechter remembered that she had been reading a book called "Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bible!" by Jonathan Goldstein, whose first chapter is a humorous retelling of the Genesis story. In concept and in technique, Judith Schaechter is pushing glass art forward. [link]