Judith Schaechter was raised in Newton, Massachussetts, and like many children of the late 1960s and 1970s, she was captivated by popular culture, particularly sitcoms and comics. She became enchanted with Gothic art when her father took her on a visit to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Her stained glass pieces are directly informed by Gothic images of crucifixions and beheadings mixed with motifs from popular culture.10 "Television, lectures, talk-radio, music, and telephone conversations all serve to improve my work," she has said.11
(above left) Detail of Battle of Carnival and Lent by Judith Schaechter, 2012. Stained glass, 55 by 56 inches overall. Courtesy of the artist and Claire Oliver Gallery, New York.
(above right)Judith Schaechter (1961-), 2012. Courtesy of the artist and Claire Oliver Gallery, New York.
After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design, she moved to Philadelphia in 1983 and began to amass the materials for her own glass studio. Considered an innovative technician, Schaechter combines techniques-layering, engraving, collage, painting, photomechanical stenciling, sandblasting, and digital technology-with great skill, and makes stained glass that sits quite comfortably within the world of contemporary art. ERA