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Daily Helping for August 4th, 2021 – Judith Schaechter

A image of a stained glass artwork by Judith Schaechter. The image shows a figure lying on the ground in a snow-covered forest with crows circling overhead.

I’m sure that when people hear the term ‘stained glass windows’, images of centuries old churches probably come to mind. At least, that’s how it was for me until very recently. Logically, I knew that there were probably people still working in this medium. It just wasn’t what immediately came to mind when I thought about stained glass. However, last year I visited the stained glass museum in Chartres, and since then, I’ve been on the lookout for contemporary stained glass artists. That’s why when it occurred to me this morning that I had yet to feature stained glass artworks for the Daily Hart, I decided to rectify that. Which is how I discovered the work of Judith Schaechter.

Once again, I find myself at a bit of a loss for how to describe why this work resonates with me so strongly. All I can say is that I think her work is stunningly beautiful. Which is odd, given that the figures in most of Schaechter’s pieces can at best be described as haunting. There is something about their faces that is simultaneously riveting and unsettling. And I love it.

Unfortunately, I have not had a chance to see a Judith Schaechter original in person, but hopefully I can in the near future. Until then, I’ll enjoy the images available online and imagine what they would look like with light pouring through them. I’m sure they’re beautiful. Unsettling, but beautiful.

Suggestions for artists I should check out? Please contact me with your ideas. I hope you enjoyed your daily helping of art!