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Path to Paradise: panel III

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Still Life with Bank Robber

1996
18 x 28 in. (45.7 x 71.1 cm)

Judith Schaechter
American

Object Type: Glass
Medium and Support: Stained-glass panel
Credit Line: Collection of Curt Broad and Carol Stirton-Broad
Accession Number: EX2020.DG1.14
Location: Currently on view
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Hexagonal pieces of glass form the foreshortened tiled floor on which lies the prone figure of the dead bank robber. Presumably having been shot during his escape, the bank robber’s body is surrounded by the implements of his misdeed: his note, mask, money bag, gun, and the keys to the getaway car complete the still life composition.

To achieve this complex tiled floor, Schaechter asked a graphic designer friend to use CAD design software to create a hexagonal grid, as the artist did not yet have her own computer. Each piece of glass then had to be painstakingly cut, have its edges wrapped in copper-foil tape, and be soldered to neighboring pieces. Schaechter’s technique is laborious by design.

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