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Path to Paradise: panel III

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Self Portrait

1995
15 x 13 in. (38.1 x 33.02 cm)

Judith Schaechter
American

Object Type: Glass
Medium and Support: Stained-glass panel
Credit Line: Collection of Colleen and John Kotelly
Accession Number: EX2020.DG1.20
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Location: Currently away on loan

In Self Portrait, a childlike clown clutches her lollipop with a grin as she teeters away from a flaming car wreck. This image came to Schaechter in a flash of inspiration, unlike most of her other images, which evolve and take shape through her creative process. Although Schaechter does not like clowns, she also describes herself as a clown, in that she likes to make people laugh. So while this is not strictly a self-portrait, the artist relates to the character in this work.

Around this time, Schaechter began to experiment with cutting up her images with a grid or other patterned surface. Here the body of the girl is divided by the lines of the grid while the car is not. In I’ve Trampled a Million Pretty Flowers, the grid does not cut through the figure or the flowers.

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