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Path to Paradise: panel III

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1998
23 x 28 x 6 in. (58.42 x 71.12 x 15.24 cm)

Judith Schaechter
American

Object Type: Glass
Medium and Support: Stained-glass panel
Credit Line: Collection of Claire Oliver
Accession Number: EX2020.DG1.29
Location: Currently on view
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Schaechter’s imagery explores current and historical associations made between women and physical weakness, passivity, beauty, sexual availability, and nature. In vibrant red and deep blue, a woman on her hands and knees is exposed by a small clown who pulls open a curtain. Flowers on the stage indicate a favorable reception by the audience, yet the woman—naked except for her shoes, lace gloves, and stockings—hangs her head in shame.

The intimacy and vulnerability of Schaechter’s figures, placed in situations and conditions that test their moral fortitude or physical endurance, are more apt to make viewers uncomfortable than to excite them. Here the subject, all on grim display, is spectacle, the consumption of women’s bodies, and their exploitation. The viewer is indicted and found guilty.

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