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Nedotykompectomy

1986
23 x 14 in. (58.4 x 35.6 cm)

Judith Schaechter
American

Object Type: Glass
Medium and Support: Stained-glass panel
Credit Line: The Corning Museum of Glass
Accession Number: EX2020.DG1.2
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Location: Currently away on loan

Schaechter’s creations take shape from a multitude of sources filtered through her unfettered imagination. The title of this work, Nedotykompectomy, is a word Schaechter invented based upon the 1907 novel The Petty Demon by Russian author Fyodor Sologub. In that story, Nedotykomka is the name of a demon that torments the main character to the point of insanity.

In Schaechter’s panel, a disembodied and godlike hand plucks a tiny figure (or demon?) from the head of a bleeding, restrained man. The artist’s interest in the Russian novel converged with the inspiration provided by one of her favorite paintings at the time, Hieronymus Bosch’s depiction of a lobotomy, The Cure of Folly, or the Extraction of the Stone of Madness.

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