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Path to Paradise: panel XI

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The Florist

2017
30 x 30 in. (76.2 x 76.2 cm)

Judith Schaechter
American

Object Type: Glass
Medium and Support: Stained-glass panel
Credit Line: Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA; museum purchase with funds provided by Pat and Doug Perry, Susan and David Goode, Ashby and Joe Waldo, Carolyn and Dick Barry, Christina Goode, Shirley Baldwin, Amy and Kirk Levy, Marynell and Stephan Gordon, Virginia and John Hitch, Chrissy and Dave Johnson, Dr. and Mrs. Robert C. Rowland, Alan and Jody Wagner, Anne and Lawrence Fleder, and Dr. and Mrs. James B. Sanderlin 2020.2
Accession Number: EX2020.DG1.28
Location: Currently on view
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This work and Schaechter’s earlier Nature play on the artist’s interpretation of German philosopher Immanuel Kant’s writings about the differences between nature (flowers growing out of the ground) and culture (cut flowers). The artist sees flowers cut and arranged for display as inherently sad, as they are destined to die. The woman in The Florist wilts and sags with as much flourish as the flowers that surround her, despite the two elements having been conceived separately.

There is a self-referential or meta quality to this work as the artist meticulously engraved convincing images of glass vases onto a flat glass surface. Schaechter is always cognizant of her medium of glass and the explicit and implicit meanings it can express.

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