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Immigration Policy

2017
26 x 20 in. (66 x 50.8 cm)

Judith Schaechter
American

Object Type: Glass
Medium and Support: Stained-glass panel
Credit Line: Courtesy Claire Oliver Gallery, Harlem, and the artist
Accession Number: EX2020.DG1.43
Location: Currently on view
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The artist titled this piece Immigration Policy as she was working on the image shortly after President Donald Trump was elected in 2016. The abandoned dog, sinking ship, freakish critters, and deformed flora all portend a fearful and tumultuous future.

While the imagery may speak to the artist’s fears of the future, the style and form reflect her medium’s roots. Schaechter has said that “over the years, I got a lot more jazzed about looking at the actual history of the medium of stained glass and my work reflects that inspiration.” Schaechter’s central image takes shape in a painted roundel surrounded with diamond-shaped quarries, a traditional format used commonly in English stained glass.

Another historical source of inspiration was an image from the German Renaissance apocalyptic illuminated manuscript Book of Miracles (published by Taschen in 2014) in which a doglike creature drowns. Schaechter’s version incorporates a sinking ship, implicating humans in this dog’s distressing situation.

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