Judith Schaechter

USA Rockefeller Fellow, 2008

Judith Schaechter works exclusively in stained glass, updating a medieval form with contemporary imagery. Although stained glass is a predominantly religious and abstract art form, her work is secular and mostly figurative. She borrows freely from art historical sources such as 19th century fairy-tale illustrations, Pre-Raphaelite paintings, and Surrealism, as well as popular culture sources such as comics, circus posters, and folklore. Her themes are mostly dark-dealing with death, decay, and violence-evincing a Gothic sensibility. Her work is included in major craft museum collections and also appeared in the 2002 Whitney Biennial. A.C.

Portrait photo courtesy Adam Wallacavage

Joan of Arc, 2007, stained glass, 35" x 31"; photo courtesy Dominic Episcopo