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Caught in a Flood

1990
18 x 38 in. (45.7 x 96.5 cm)

Judith Schaechter
American

Object Type: Glass
Medium and Support: Stained-glass panel
Credit Line: The Corning Museum of Glass
Accession Number: EX2020.DG1.3
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Location: Currently away on loan

Awe at the power and beauty of the natural world and our place within it has engaged Schaechter throughout her career. In Caught in a Flood, humans struggle to stay afloat against the sublime power of churning, seething waters. Inspired by the technical challenge of representing a fluid substance like water in stained glass, Schaechter also found the spirit of this work in the mournful song “Marian” by English gothic rock band Sisters of Mercy, in which the drowning narrator sings, “In a sea of faces, in a sea of doubt . . . In the wake of this ship of fools I'm falling further down.”

Both Caught in a Flood and Rape Serenade were made as a suite of four panels on disasters, both natural and man-made, for the 1990 Glassworks exhibition at the Renwick Gallery. This was the artist’s first big break at the age of twenty-nine.

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